Orange County hip-hop rapper Michael Ramirez’s friends treated him to a weekend at the Kern River for his 27th birthday.
But the celebration soon turned to tragedy when Ramirez disappeared into the notoriously dangerous river on Thursday, June 22, his friends said on Sunday.
Ramirez, of Buena Park, his girlfriend Erica Zambada and another couple worked up a sweat pitching tents at the Keyesville campground in Lake Isabella. At around 5 p.m., Ramirez decided to take a dip.
“It was 115 degrees,” Zambada, 25, said. “We were sitting on a rock. Michael jumped in to cool down. He’s a fish – he loves to swim. He said, ‘The water is calm.’ But then an undercurrent swept him away.”
Christ Caballero, Ramirez’s partner in the popular underground group Rebellion Warfare, reacted quickly, tying a rope around his wrist. While the two women clung to the rope, he plunged in and…