Another river tragedy: Woman’s body recovered from the Ouse

The scene by the River Ouse near Rowntree Park. Photographs: YorkMix
26 Apr 2019 @ 9.52 am
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A woman’s body has been recovered from the River Ouse in York.

Police cordoned off the viewing projection point close to Rowntree Park this morning as they carried out the operation.

A fire crew and the coroner’s private ambulance were also called to the riverside path.

Emergency services were called out at 7.45am.

A North Yorkshire Police spokesperson said:

  • North Yorkshire Police was called to the River Ouse near Terry Avenue at around 7.45am today after a member of the public reported a body in the river.

    A body, believed to be that of an elderly woman, was recovered from the water by emergency services. Sadly she was pronounced dead at the scene.

    Officers are currently at the scene and carrying out enquiries to confirm her identity.

    Her death is not currently being treated as suspicious.

It is the fifth body to be recovered from York’s rivers in less than three weeks.

The body of missing York man Lee Evennett was recovered from the River Foss on April 6.

A woman in her 70s was discovered in the River Ouse on last Friday 12 April, and 19-year-old Sonny Ferry died after falling into the Ouse on the same day.

And another man died on April 20 after entering the Ouse after running from police.

The recent spate of deaths has led to calls for a river safety campaign in York.