River searches continue in York

River searches are continuing in York for Signaller Tyler Pearson, the third person this year feared drowned after a night out in the city.

Live updates

Calendar

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:

Man missing in river is named by police

Police searching for a man who was seen to enter the River Ouse in the early hours of Thursday April 3 say he is a serving soldier based in York.

He has been named as Signaller Tyler Pearson, of 2 Signal Regiment. He has yet to be located.

Tyler's family have been informed and are being supported by specially trained officers from North Yorkshire Police and the Army.

Advertisement

Families contribute to new river safety campaign

Search operation on York river Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The families of two people who drowned in rivers in York will contribute to a new safety campaign.

The news comes as the search continues for an 18-year-old man last seen in the river Ouse yesterday.

The body of 20-year-old student Megan Roberts was discovered in the same river last month.

22-year-old Ben Clarkson's body was found in the Foss three weeks later.

Both had been on nights out.

Calendar

Search continues for missing teenager in River Ouse

Police divers and specialist boat crews using sonar equipment have begun a second day of underwater searches for a teenager feared drowned in York.

ITV Yorkshire

Police say the 18-year-old local man, whose name has not been released, is believed to have got into difficulties at about 2.30am on Thursday when he tried to swim across the River Ouse after a night outwith friends.

Divers are searching a stretch of river by Queen's Staith where it is thought he was attempting to reach. Visibility underwater is a matter of inches. Part of the riverbank remains sealed off.

Advertisement

Calendar

Divers and sonar equipment carry out river search

Police are using specialist sonar equipment to scan a 100 m stretch of the River Ouse close to the Kings Arms pub.

Calendar understands this is where police have been told the man was seen in the water at about 2.30am. Police divers will be carrying out underwater searches soon.

Ian Hugill of Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team, who have been searching the banks and surrounding areas, spoke to Jon Hill:

Calendar

Police divers resume search for missing man

Police divers have returned to the River Ouse in York to resume their underwater search for a man who is reported to have gone in the water in the early hours of this morning.

ITV Yorkshire

Fifteen members of the Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team have searched both banks of the river from the city centre to the A64 on the edge of York - a distance of two miles.

ITV Yorkshire

So far there has been no trace of the man. Police have released few details, but are now concentrating their search close to the Ouse Bridge in the centre of York.

Load more updates

Advertisement

Today's top stories