SANTA ANA ( — It’s been four days since Erica Zambada saw her boyfriend get swept down the Kern River.

“The last time I could physically see him, his head was still up in the water and he was still fighting,” Zambada said.

Zambada is staying at a motel near the Kern River while she and family and friends continue to search for Orange County rapper, Michael Ramirez. He was swept away not far from Lake Isabella near the Keyesville campground.

Zambada still has hope her boyfriend got out somewhere down river and is just lost.

“If I was to put my bet on anyone to survive out there with no resources, it would be him.”

Zambada says it was 115 degrees Thursday when Ramirez decided to take a dip during his 27th birthday celebration. The rapper who is part of the hip-hop group Rebellion Warfare was overcome by the current. Search and rescue crews and 80 friends and family members searched an eight-mile stretch of the Kern over the weekend with no luck.

Zambada says she’ll keep searching and praying until the man she describes as her soul mate turns up.

Conditions have been rough at Kern since the heavy rains. Memorial day was the deadliest weekend there in 24 years.


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