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Man named in River Ouse tragedy


7:28am 25th July 2011
(Updated 5:46pm 25th July 2011)

North Yorkshire police have named the man who died after jumping from a balcony into the River Ouse in York on Sunday morning.

He was Richard Anthony James Horrocks, aged 21 of Stanley Street, York.

An inquest into his death will be opened and adjourned by HM Coroner Donald Coverdale at The Coroner's Office

North Yorkshire Police found his body after a search of the River Ouse in York.

It followed reports of a young man jumping into the water and tragically drowning.

The incident, which is not suspicious, occurred at about 6.35am on Sunday 24 July 2011 - when the 21-year-old man is believed to have leapt into the river from a balcony on Coney Street.

Witnesses saw the young man struggle in the water for a short time before he disappeared from view.

Another man attempted a rescue effort but he too got into difficulties and was lucky to clamber to safety.

North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue used their boat to assist the search.

Further specialist support to help recover the body was been provided by the Under Water Search Unit from West Yorkshire Police.

Inspector Mark Henderson, of the York City Safer Neighbourhood Team, said:

“York has been a very sombre place today knowing that a young man with everything to live for has paid the ultimate price for a moment of misplaced exuberance.  

“It is a tragedy that his parents, family and friends will struggle to come to terms with.

“I personally do not wish to take away from their heartbreak and grief at this terrible time.

“However, people need to wake up to the fact that rivers in general are extremely dangerous, and the Ouse itself is a particularly treacherous stretch of water.

“To avoid further tragic outcomes like this one, I urge people to take much greater care and respect the very real dangers that rivers pose.”

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