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Soldier's Body Found in River Ouse

Date
18/04/2014
What Happened
Body recovered
What Caused
Human factor
Casualty type/Qty
Casualty
Gender
Male
Causal Factors
Adverse current
Injury Details
Death-confirmed
Outcome
Accident suspected
Alcohol/Drugs
Alcohol

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Description of Incident
A body found in a river in York has been identified as a missing soldier.

Signaller Tyler Pearson of York-based 2nd Signal Regiment, entered the River Ouse near The Lowther pub in the early hours of 3 April.

North Yorkshire Police believe he was trying to swim to the far bank at Queen's Staith during a night out with friends.

The 18-year-old is the third young person to have died in the city's rivers this year.

Signaller Pearson's body was found on Thursday near Skeldergate Bridge, about 1,500ft (480m) downstream from where he was last seen.

"The recent spate of fatalities highlights the importance of staying safe near York's rivers, particularly when alcohol has been consumed.

"Work is currently under way with groups across York and families of recent river victims to make some short films to highlight the dangers of the river.

"In the longer term we will devise a sustained and powerful campaign to help prevent more lives being needlessly cut short."
Supporting Information
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-york-north-yorkshire-27078053
http://www.nottinghampost.com/Missing-soldier-Tyler-Pearson-believed-Nottingham/story-20918084-detail/story.html

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