Soldier’s Body Found in River Ouse

River OuseA 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 after Ben Clarkson, 22, and Megan Roberts, 20, perished in York’s waterways. Mr Clarkson’s body was discovered on the 21st of March in the River Foss after last being seen in a nightclub three weeks prior. Ms Roberts’ body was found in the River Ouse on the same night that Mr Clarkson disappeared after a six week long appeal that started in January following her disappearance during a night out. We will be reporting on these incidents also to see if we can identify any trends.

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

North Yorkshire’s police and crime commissioner Julia Mulligan said: “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.”

The River Ouse has become a severe water hazard over the past year. Water Safety Map would like to advise caution to anyone who is in the vicinity and particularly at night when alcohol is involved.

Full details: www.watersafetymap.co.uk/map/details/200

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