UPDATE: Police Still Looking For York Man Missing in River Ouse Who May Have Tried to Swim Across
7:14am 3rd April 2014
(Updated 9:27am 4th April 2014)
Police say an 18 year old York man missing in the River Ouse may have tried to swim across the river after a night out.
Superintendant Phil Cain has released a statement this afternoon:
"North Yorkshire Police were alerted at 2.28am on Thursday 3rd April after a member of the public reported seeing a man in the River Ouse near to Ouse bridge.
Officer have attended the scene and with the assistance of the Fire & Rescue Service began a search of the river and the river banks.
At this time, the male has not been located and searches are ongoing in and around the River Ouse using numerous police resources, including regional underwater search unit and other specialist search teams.
The male is an 18 year old who lives locally and is believed to have entered the river voluntarily during a night out with a group of friends but at this time, we cannot confirm whether he has exited the water safely.
He was seen to cross Ouse Bridge with two other people and then entered the river near Lowther public house on King's Staith. It is believed that he was attempting to swim across to Queen's Staith.
Specially trained officers are currently supporting the man's family at what is an extremely difficult time for them.
It's important that establish the exact circumstances surrounding this incident and I'm appealing to anyone who saw the man either enter or exit the river to contact North Yorkshire Police on the 101 system."
Anyone who may have witnessed the incident or who has any information which can assist the investigation is urged to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 – select option 1 – and pass information to the Force Control Room.
North Yorkshire Police Commissioner has shared her thoughts this evening saying in a statement:
“My thoughts are with the family and friends of the missing man as the emergency services continue their search and investigation of events leading up to this incident.”
“At the River Safety Summit I called a fortnight ago, those present resolved that our combined efforts need to be focussed on educating people about the dangers of being close to the river when under the effects of alcohol and vulnerability training for people working in the night-time economy.
“Since the summit, I have had meetings with some of the family members who approached me to express their willingness to be involved in such a campaign. I am now working with our river safety partners to draw up a specification for the campaign, which will include how it can be sustained over the long term.”
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