Body of man who tried to surf in Kings River found, deputies say

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - News - BY CRESENCIO RODRIGUEZ-DELGADO cdel­[email protected]­ Cresencio Rodriguez-Delgado: 559-441-6304, @cres_guez

The Kings County Sher­iff’s Of­fice an­nounced Satur­day af­ter­noon they found the body of a man who dis­ap­peared af­ter fall­ing overnight into the Kings River.

His name has not been re­leased.

The man, who is from Strat­ford, was re­port­edly “surf­ing” on the Tu­lare Lake Canal spill­way around 2 a.m. in the area of High­way 41 and Lin­coln Av­enue, just south of the small Kings County town.

Cmdr. Kris Zu­niga said the man who fell in was with his cousin, and had at­tempted to surf onto the river with a pool raft. But the raft did not hold once he was on the wa­ter, and he sank.

The man’s cousin at­tempted to jump in to help him, but he al­most got swept away, too, Zu­niga said. The cousin then called the Sher­iff’s Of­fice. The two men were not named.

The Sher­iff’s Of­fice re­quested aid from the nearby Tu­lare County Wa­ter Res­cue unit.

Of­fi­cials have cau­tioned res­i­dents against jump­ing into area rivers due to fast-mov­ing cur­rents.

The Kings River had been closed in sev­eral ar­eas from Pine Flat Dam to Kings County due to flood and wa­ter safety con­cerns.

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