River Ouse safety group statement on water risks

The River Ouse Safety Group have issues a statement following the death of Megan Roberts and river searches for Ben Clarkson who's been missing since the weekend.

  • The group comprises:City of York Council
  • North Yorkshire Police
  • North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue
  • Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust
  • Canal & River Trust
  • Maritime and Coastguard Agency
  • York Boat
  • York Boat Rescue

“The River Ouse Safety Advisory Group is made up of representatives from the emergency services, commercial boat operators and authorities across the region who work together to provide support and safety advice through the joint emergency plan which we maintain, develop and exercise.

“As a group we are determined to work with colleagues across the city to prevent river-related incidents where we can. We urge everyone who is out and about in the city centre to watch out for each other and stay together when heading home so that should an accident occur, there is someone to raise the alarm.”

– River Ouse Safety Group

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