SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, Calif. May 1, 2017 - On Sunday afternoon, a report was received by a parkranger that a person had fallen into the Middle Fork of the Kaweah River behindthe headquarters of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. The missing personis Tomas Martinez, 18, from Woodlake, California who was recreating with family andfriends.
This is the second incident in as many weeks on thesame river. With temperatures heating up as summer approaches, the recordsetting Sierra Nevada snow pack is starting to melt and flow, making theserivers rough, cold, and dangerous. Park rangers strongly request people not goin or near the edge of rivers as the rocks next to them are slick andsteep.
“Many rivers in California are going to get very highand very dangerous. The best thing you can do is not go near these rivers. Don’tswim. Don’t go in,” said Ned Kelleher, chief ranger, Sequoia and Kings CanyonNational Parks.
The National Park Service is being assisted in this incident by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office, Tulare County FireDepartment, California Highway Patrol, YODOGS, and Exeter Ambulance.
SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, Calif. May 1, 2017 - After an extensive search by teams from multipleagencies, the remains of Tomas Martinez, 18, from Woodlake, California was recoveredthis afternoon. This is the second fatality in the Middle Fork of the KaweahRiver this year.
As temperatures continue to rise, visitors may desireto visit the rivers of the parks. Park rangers strongly request people not goin or near the edge of the rivers as even the rock next to them are slick andsteep. Places such as Giant Forest in Sequoia National Park and Grant Grove inKings Canyon National Park are great to visit this time of year.
Incident Commander Dave Fox expressed, “Rivers inthese parks this year are extremely dangerous. Visitors should not go in or nearthem. These places are cold, swift, and dangerous.”
The National Park Service was assisted in thisincident by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office, Tulare County Fire Department,California Highway Patrol, YODOGS, and Exeter Ambulance.