Good Samaritans, Officer Save Two Girls From Calif. River


Two girls found out just how dangerous it is to swim in the Kern River after they were swept away by the fast-moving current and had to be rescued Wednesday night.

The Bakersfield Police Department said a 12-year-old and 13-year-old girl were swimming in a canal just north of Sam Lynn Ball Park around 6 p.m. when they were swept downstream over a weir.

Police said a couple of Good Samaritans were able to rescue the 13-year-old but the other girl was stuck in the middle of the river holding on to shrubbery.

Two BPD officers arrived and Officer Andrew Ferguson went into the swift-moving, chest-high water to grab the girl and carry her to safety, police said.

Police said the girls were visibly shaken up, but otherwise OK.

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