Man drowns in the Kern River

July 31, 2019


On July 30, 2019 at about 5:53pm, Kern County Sheriff’s Office and Bakersfield Fire Department responded to the Kern River in the Lake Ming area for a drowning victim.


Press Release: KCSO

45-year-old David Humberto Uceda Velis of Los Angeles was swept underwater in the Kern River. 


He was located unresponsive and removed from the river. CPR was initiated; however, life-saving measures were unsuccessful.

Velis is the fifth person to die in the Kern River this year. An 11-year-old girl remains missing. 

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