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Body found from Kern River rafting accident

KernriverfishingThe body of a Southern California man missing since a June 13 rafting mishap on the Kern River has been recovered, officials confirmed Monday.

A search-and-rescue team found Saturday the body of Minh Tu Quang Nguyen, 25, of Westminster on the upper Kern River near Gold Ledge, about 15 miles from Ant Canyon near Johnsondale, where he was last seen.

Nguyen was camping with friends in Ant Canyon when a small raft they had tied to a line across the river capsized, throwing him and Scott Neacato, 22, of Los Angeles, into the water.

Neither man was wearing a lifejacket, and friends told authorities Nguyen did not know how to swim.

Neacato was still missing Monday, but deputies were continuing to search the area.

Rescuers found Nguyen’s body while looking for a separate missing person, a 53-year-old Palmdale man who disappeared from the Gold Ledge Campground.

That man’s body was found 20 yards from Nguyen’s, officials said. His name has not yet been released.

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Photo: The Kern River in 2008. Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

 
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