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REPORT: River Wear safety

Following a rescue operation in the early hours of this morning to save the life of another student who had fallen into the the River Wear, police are saying there is a desperate need to change the drinking culture among students.

Watch Frances Read's report on river safety measures in Durham:

Wear rescue: Durham University thank those who averted a 'possible tragedy'

The 20-year old student was discovered at 1.45am today in the River Wear near Durham Amateur Rowing Club by a passer-by who raised the alarm.

Durham University's Chief Operating Officer, Paulina Lubacz has issued the following statement:

We have been notified of an incident in the early hours of this morning (Friday) involving one of our students at the River Wear in Durham, which was attended by the emergency services. The student is safe.

The University would like to thank the member of the public who raised the alarm and the emergency services for averting a possible tragedy. We are working actively with partner organisations to address river safety.

The University is also contacting all students to notify them about the incident and urging them to take proactive measures to ensure their personal safety.

– Paulina Lubacz


Human chain rescues student who fell into the river

Durham Police say that officers formed a human chain, with help from the fire service, to rescue a student who had fallen into the River Wear.

Area near where the man was pulled out of the River Wear Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The man was discovered at 1.45am today in the water near Durham Amateur Rowing Club by a passer-by who raised the alarm.

Police officers came to the aid of the student and managed to get him out of the water.

The river near Durham rowing club Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The man was taken to the University Hospital of North Durham suffering from hypothermia.

Man rescued after car washes into the ford

A man was rescued from his car that was washed into the ford in Westgate, near Stanhope.

He was trapped yesterday evening, trying to cross the ford, because of the swollen river and strong currents.

Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service and a specialist Water Rescue Resource from Bishop Auckland freed him by using throw lines and a floating hose.


Friends of drowned teenager gather to remember him

Hundreds of friends of 17-year-old Jordan Roberts, from Sunderland, have gathered together to pay tribute to him.

They transformed their local skate park into a memorial, standing in silence, lighting lanterns and then singing together in memory of the teenager, who drowned in the River Wear.

Hundreds of friends pay tribute to drowned teenager

Friends of 17-year-old Jordan Roberts, who died while swimming in the River Wear in County Durham, have gathered together to pay tribute to him.

The community in Sunderland, where he lived, transformed their local skate park into a memorial, with tealights spelling 'RIP', photographs, flowers and his name painted onto the ground.

Friends gather to pay tribute to Jordan Roberts
Jordan Roberts died while swimming in the river on Monday
Friends held a moment's silence for Jordan before singing one of his favourite songs
The teenagers sang together in memory of Jordan.
Tealights spell out 'RIP' in memory of Jordan.

The community is also raising money to help Jordan's parents pay for his funeral. His brother, who also got into difficulty in the river, remains in hospital in a stable condition.

Mother of Jordan Roberts pays tribute to her son

The mother of 17-year-old Jordan Roberts, who died after getting into difficulties in the River Wear on Monday has paid tribute to her ‘wonderful and much loved’ son.

In a message released through the family’s police liaison officer, Brenda Roberts said the death of Jordan, who had seven brothers and sisters, had left everyone who knew him completely devastated.

“Jordan loved to be busy and loved going out to help people in the community. He would cut the garden or go to the shops for people who were unable to do so themselves. There is a page on Facebook with over 600 messages about our boy, which shows how much Jordan was liked and loved.

“And everyone’s love has been shown through the cards and flowers we have received,” said Mrs Roberts.

“Jordan loved to play jokes and was a happy-go-lucky boy who loved to ride about on his bike with his friends.

“Jordan will never be forgotten by anyone – his mam and dad, sisters, brothers, aunties, uncles, cousins, his friends and girlfriend. All the family, especially his mam and dad want to thank all of the crew and Robert (‘Butch’) for their help as they managed to save Callum, who is now recovering in hospital.

“It has been so weird writing this as I could go on and on. Jordan, you were taken away so soon. Keep smiling son, as your smile and laughter will never be forgotten.”

Jordan’s friends have arranged to meet at the Complex centre in Downhill, Sunderland, at 5pm today to light candles and lanterns in Jordan’s memory and to pay their respects.

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