California Crews Rescue Teen from River

It took search and rescue teams nearly an hour to get to the rock to rescue the boy.


Some teenagers from Santa Paula got more than they bargained for in the Kern River on Monday.

Crews said the three boys had been swimming in calmer parts of the river when a strong current pulled them away. One teen became stranded in a dangerous set of rapids known to local kayakers as "Road Kill," according to the Kern County Sheriff's Department.

Officials said the teen had tumbled over two waterfalls before finally climbing onto a rock. It took search and rescue teams nearly an hour to get to the rock to rescue the boy.

The other teens were able to escape the rapids, but one of them was hospitalized for swallowing too much water.

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