Frandee Incident


Incident Name: Frandee Incident
Incident Time: 1:49:00 pm
Incident Date: 07-23-2015
Incident Location:

Frandee Campground

Incident Type: Swift Water Rescue
Resources Used:

Engine 76;  Battalion 7;

Information 1

Personnel: 8



Just before 2:00 PM this afternoon, the Kern County Fire Department received a call for a woman and child stuck on a rock in the Kern River. Upon arrival, Kern County Firefighters from the Kernville Fire Station found the mother, her 4-year-old daughter, the father and an adult male family friend hanging onto a rock in the middle of the river. The crew made access to the scene from Frandee Campground. The USFS Scorpions Hand Crew arrived on scene shortly after and assisted with man power. Two personnel from KCSO search and rescue also arrived to assist. The KCFD Captain sent personnel down stream with rope bags as a precaution. Several others were sent upstream to warn incoming rafters of the incident. The remaining personnel made a human chain to the rock where the 4 people were stranded. The 4-year-old girl was already wearing a life vest and she was removed first and put in the care of a Liberty Ambulance Crew. A life vest was then put on the girl's mother. The mother was safely removed with the remaining two men to follow. The rescue was completed in 13 minutes. All four were left in care of the Liberty Ambulance Crew with no apparent injuries, just fatigue.

Assisting Agencies: USFS Scorpions Hand Crew, KCSO Search & Rescue, Liberty Ambulance

Additional Information: The Kern River is more dangerous than it appears and each year people lose their lives while recreating in its waters. KCFD advises to never enter the Kern River, but if you do so, please wear a US Coast Guard approved life jacket.

















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