SEKI Missing Hiker Alert 5/1

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SEKI Missing Hiker Alert 5/1

by Maverick02 » Mon May 01, 2017 8:15 pm

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SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, Calif. May 1, 2017 - On Sunday afternoon, a report was received by a park ranger that a person had fallen into the Middle Fork of the Kaweah River behind the headquarters of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. The missing person is Tomas Martinez, 18, from Woodlake, California who was recreating with family and friends.

This is the second incident in as many weeks on the same river. With temperatures heating up as summer approaches, the record setting Sierra Nevada snow pack is starting to melt and flow, making these rivers rough, cold, and dangerous. Park rangers strongly request people not go in or near the edge of rivers as the rocks next to them are slick and steep.

“Many rivers in California are going to get very high and very dangerous. The best thing you can do is not go near these rivers. Don’t swim. Don’t go in,” said Ned Kelleher, chief ranger, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.

The National Park Service is being assisted in this incident by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office, Tulare County Fire Department, California Highway Patrol, YODOGS, and Exeter Ambulance.

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Re: SEKI Missing Hiker Alert 5/1

by Cy Kaicener » Mon May 01, 2017 10:12 pm

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Well above normal temperatures will occur throughout the central California interior this week. Rapidly melting snow over the higher elevations of the Sierra will cause an increase in water levels and flows along many rivers and streams as a result. Water temperatures will be in the mid to upper 40s. Exposure to water this cold can quickly lead to hypothermic shock with life-threatening conditions. In addition, the cold swift current of a river will carry even an experienced swimmer quickly downstream and into dangerously deeper water. Don’t be the next victim of a water rescue!

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by Maverick02 » Mon May 01, 2017 11:59 pm

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SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, Calif. May 1, 2017 - After an extensive search by teams from multiple agencies, the remains of Tomas Martinez, 18, from Woodlake, California was recovered this afternoon. This is the second fatality in the Middle Fork of the Kaweah River this year.

As temperatures continue to rise, visitors may desire to visit the rivers of the parks. Park rangers strongly request people not go in or near the edge of the rivers as even the rock next to them are slick and steep. Places such as Giant Forest in Sequoia National Park and Grant Grove in Kings Canyon National Park are great to visit this time of year.

Incident Commander Dave Fox expressed, “Rivers in these parks this year are extremely dangerous. Visitors should not go in or near them. These places are cold, swift, and dangerous.”

The National Park Service was assisted in this incident by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office, Tulare County Fire Department, California Highway Patrol, YODOGS, and Exeter Ambulance.

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Re: SEKI Missing Hiker Alert 5/1

by simonov » Tue May 02, 2017 3:10 pm

Authorities have recommended people stay out of the Truckee River, which down here in Reno is popular in the summer with tubers and kayakers, for the rest of this year. It's down at the end of my office parking lot and it's been raging since January.
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