A Monrovia man died in a boating accident on the Kern River in Tulare County on Sunday after his boat went over a waterfall, according to the Tulare County Sheriff's Department.
Kevin Westervoorde, 26, was canyoneering with friends in a "dangerous and technically challenging area" near Carson Falls on Sunday, authorities said in a news release.
"Westervoorde failed to exit the river before the falls and was swept over and into treacherous class V+ rapids," the sheriff's statement reads. "Friends of Westervoorde watched him go over the falls but were unable to assist him due to the force and dangerous flow of the river."
U.S. Forest Service firefighters recovered Westervoorde's body from the river at about 2:30 p.m. Sunday.