Trevor Bankhead, who found the body believed to be Euan Coulthard, says he does not know if he will be able to dive into the river again, at least for a while.
Mr Bankhead has been having nightmares since he made the discovery. He said he had to go and try to find Euan as a father of four girls. He says he understood what the Coulthard family must be going through.
A professional diver travelled over 170 miles to find the body of missing Durham University student Euan Coulthard, after police said it was too dangerous to enter the river.
Trevor Bankhead said he discovered a body within seconds of entering the River Wear just yards from where the 19-year-old law student was last seen on Framwellgate Bridge.
The body has not yet been formally identified, but the diver said he knew it was Euan immediately. The diver said that while underwater he said "I've come to take you home, my friend."
Mr Bankhead works as a commercial shellfish diver and travelled from the Western Isles in Scotland to Durham to look for the missing student to bring closure to Euan's family, after speaking to his brother Gary, a firefighter involved in the search.
Mr Bankhead, from Chester-le-Street, has scuba dived in the River Wear more than 500 times.
"Police immediately wanted to deploy divers but after taking advice from the Environment Agency and fire service, were unable to do so due to bad weather conditions.
"We were made aware on Friday morning by Mr Bankhead that he was planning on taking it upon himself to go into the river to look under the bridge."
Flowers have been laid at Framwellgate Bridge for Euan Coulthard, Sope Peters and Luke Pearce who lost their lives in Durham's River WearRead the full story ›
Flowers have been left above the spot where a body, believed to be Euan Coulthard, was recovered from the River Wear. The flowers also pay tribute to Durham University students, Sope Peters, 20, went missing on October 29, 2013 and Luke Pearce, 19, who drowned on May 11, 2014.
Durham Student's Union says it is working with the University, Police and Fire Service to improve safety and try to avoid another tragedy.
“We are deeply saddened to hear the tragic news of Euan Coulthard’s death. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this very difficult time.
“Durham Students’ Union will continue to work with Durham University, Durham County Council, the Police and the Fire Rescue Service to address and improve student safety. We are taking a joined up approach and formed a working group last year. The safety of our students is of paramount importance and we will work with our partners to avoid another tragedy.”
Durham University has paid tribute to Euan Coulthard, describing him as "a genuine friend to many".Read the full story ›
The Dean of Durham has said his "thoughts and prayers" are with the family of Euan Coulthard.Read the full story ›
Police looking for the missing student Euan Coulthard have revealed they did not use divers to search the River Wear until today.Read the full story ›
A body believed to be that of missing Durham University student Euan Coulthard was found by a local diving enthusiast.Read the full story ›
The body pulled from the River Wear this morning was found by a local diving enthusiast, police have confirmed.
Police believe the body is that of missing Durham University student Euan Coulthard but a formal identification will not take place until next week.
Police are briefing the media in Durham city centre after a body was pulled from the River Wear today.
Police responded to reports of a body near Framwellgate Bridge this morning.
The body has not yet been formally identified but police have said they believe it is Euan Coulthard.
The 19-year-old Durham University student has not been seen since a night out on Wednesday 14 January.