The Fresno County Coroner’s Office has identified a San Diego man as the victim of a drowning on the Kings River last week.
Luca Chiarabini, 47, was reported missing about 9 a.m. Aug. 3 on the Kings River, near Yucca Point, northeast of Hume Lake.
Chiarabini served as a member of the San Bernardino County Cave and Technical Rescue Team and chronicled his extreme hiking experiences on Facebook.
Last week, he was with two friends at Yucca Point, hiked down a trailhead, crossed the river and camped overnight with plans to recross the river. Chiarabini went into the water to swim first as the two other men stayed on shore.
Chiarbini wore a helmet, wetsuit and fins as he tied a rope to himself and secured it to a rock. He was not wearing a life jacket. During his attempt to swim across the river, the current overwhelmed him and pushed him into the rapids.
The current forced him downstream and out of the visibility of his friends.
One hiker activated his emergency beacon equipped with inReach satellite technology, which notified the Sheriff’s Office to respond.
Deputies, the sheriff’s helicopter, a California Highway Patrol helicopter and members of the Sheriff’s Search and Rescue team responded.
Chiarabini’s body was discovered at 9:50 a.m., submerged under water.
Sheriff’s spokesman Tony Botti said the incident was originally reported as a kayaking accident, but no kayaks were involved.