River Ouse body is missing soldier

Police have confirmed that a body found in the River Ouse is that of missing Signaller Tyler Pearson.

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Body found in River Ouse identified as missing soldier

Tyler Pearson, 18

North Yorkshire Police have confirmed that the body found in the River Ouse near Skeldergate Bridge yesterday has been identified as missing 18-year-old, Tyler Pearson

The soldier was last seen entering the River Ouse in the early hours of Thursday 3 April 2014.

Julia Mulligan, Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, said:

“My heart goes out to Tyler’s family, and I know the police will offer all the help and support the family need at this very difficult time.

“The recent spate of fatalities highlights the importance of staying safe near York’s rivers, particularly when alcohol has been consumed. Last month’s river safety summit concluded that the priority needs to be on prevention as well as response.

"Work is currently underway 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.

"In addition to this, I am keen to facilitate vulnerability training, so those working in York’s night-time economy know who they can go to and what they can do to help keep vulnerable people safe."

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Police rescue "vulnerable woman" from River Ouse

North Yorkshire Police say officers have tonight risked their own lives to rescue a "vulnerable woman" who had gone into the River Ouse, in York. It is understood she is an 18-year-old who was said to be in a distressed state when she had earlier this evening left a property in the city.

In a post on its Twitter account tonight, North Yorkshire Police said: "Amazing actions by York officers who risked their own safety to secure a vulnerable female who had entered the Ouse this evening." The teenager is believed to have been taken to hospital as a precaution.

Soldier missing in York believed to be from Nottingham

Signaller Tyler Pearson.
Signaller Tyler Pearson. Credit: North Yorkshire Police

A soldier who's missing after entering the River Ouse in York is believed to be from Nottingham.

Signaller Tyler Pearson, 18, was last seen in the early hours of Thursday (3 April) after a night out with friends.

Police think he entered the river voluntarily.

Yesterday, Superintendant Phil Cain, of York Safer Neighbourhood Command, said: “At this time we cannot confirm whether he has exited the water safely."

He is the third person this year feared to have drowned after a night out in the city.

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Commanding Officer describes "hardworking" soldier

The Commanding Officer of a soldier who hasn't been seen since entering the River Ouse on Thursday, says his Regiment's thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Signaller Pearson recently arrived at 2 Signal Regiment in York having qualified in military driving and technical logistic management. He has started work in one of our Motor Transport departments where his Troop Sergeant has recognised him as a bright, keen and enthusiastic soldier.

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He is receptive and hard working and has got stuck into pre-exercise servicing and inspections of our most modern communications vehicles. He is a fit and keen footballer who is lined up to join the Regimental team. He has made a great start in the Royal Corps of Signals with the prospects of a fine career ahead of him. As a Regiment we very much hope that Tyler is found soon.

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– Lieutenant Colonel Ian Hargreaves, 2nd Signal Regiment

He also thanked the emergency services for their swift response in trying to find Mr Pearson.

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Jackie Roberts: Barriers needed near river

Police divers and crews using sonar equipment have resumed their search for a teenage soldier feared drowned in York.

Officers say 18-year-old Tyler Pearson has not been seen since early yesterday morning when he tried to swim across the River Ouse after a night out.

It follows the drowning of Ben Clarkson and Megan Roberts in the city. Megan's mother, Jackie, now campaigns for greater safety around rivers:

Army thank police for 'swift response' to river search for soldier

The commanding officer of a teenage soldier who's not been seen since entering the River Ouse in York has thanked emergency services for their "swift response and continued search."

Signaller Tyler Pearson was last seen in the early hours of yesterday, April 3, after a night out with friends in the city.

The 18-year-old had recently arrived at 2 Signal Regiment in York having qualified in military driving and technical logistic management.

He has started work in one of our Motor Transport departments where his Troop Sergeant has recognised him as a bright, keen and enthusiastic soldier.

He is receptive and hard working and has got stuck into pre-exercise servicing and inspections of our most modern communications vehicles.

He is a fit and keen footballer who is lined up to join the Regimental team.

He has made a great start in the Royal Corps of Signals with the prospects of a fine career ahead of him. As a Regiment we very much hope that Tyler is found soon.

– Lieutenant Colonel Ian Hargreaves, Commanding Officer of 2nd Signal Regiment.

He added that the thoughts and prayers of 2 Signal Regiment are with the family of Signaller Tyler Pearson whilst he remains missing.

Police can't confirm whether soldier 'exited the water safely'

Serving soldier Signaller Tyler Pearson is named as man missing in York river Credit: North Yorkshire Police

Police searching for Signaller Tyler Pearson say they can't confirm whether he managed to get out of a river in York safely.

The serving soldier was seen to enter the River Ouse in the early hours of Thursday (3 April).

Searches continue in York river Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Superintendant Phil Cain, of York Safer Neighbourhood Command, said: “It is believed that Tyler 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.

Underwater searches ongoing in York Credit: ITV

“It is believed that he was attempting to swim across the river to Queen’s Staith.

“Specially trained officers are currently supporting Tyler’s family."

City of York Council say they are committed to raising awareness of river safety and preventing river related incidents.

Steve Waddington, Assistant Director of Housing and Community Safety, said: “We continue to work with agencies and voluntary organisations to raise awareness of the need to take care by the city’s rivers and are determined to prevent river-related incidents where we can”

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