Drowning in Kaweah River near Potwisha

The rivers are still dangerous, and the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office urges caution near waterways

[4 August, 2023]

The Tulare County Sheriff’s Office Swiftwater Rescue is on scene of a drowning on the Kaweah River near the Potwisha Campground of the Sequoia National Park.

Around 2 p.m. today, the Sheriff’s Swiftwater Dive Rescue Team and Tulare County Fire were requested to assist the National Park Service after receiving reports of a man drowning.

Details are unfolding. 

Sheriff Boudreaux would like to remind anyone near waterways in Tulare County to be extremely careful, as the record snowpack melts in the Sierra have created very fast and very cold currents.

Here are some tips to keep in mind when recreating around our rivers and lakes:

  •  Stay out of the water if you cannot swim.
  •  Always wear a life jacket, bring the right equipment, and never swim alone.
  •  Tell someone where you’re going and when you’ll be back.
  •  Avoid alcohol around water – it impairs judgment and reaction time.
  •  The water is very cold. Cold water can take your breath away as soon as you jump in. Cold water and hypothermia will completely rob your strength and ability to swim.
  •  Don’t overestimate your abilities or underestimate the power of the water.
  •  Stay out of fast moving water and whitewater no matter how deep it is. You will not float in whitewater – even when wearing a live jacket.
  •  Keep a close eye on inexperienced swimmers and children. Never leave you children unattended near any body of water.

Thank you,

Ashley Ritchie

Media Supervisor 

Tulare County Sheriff’s Office


[SOURCE: Media Supervisor, Tulare County Sheriff’s Office]