Body recovered from River Foss in York

18 Nov 2014 @ 12.57 pm
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Fire fighters and police on the scene at the River Foss. Photographs: Richard McDougall
Police and fire crews recovered a man’s body from the River Foss in York on Tuesday lunchtime (November 18).

Police sealed off Fossbank after responding to a call from a member of the public who had spotted the body in the water at 11.30am.

Assistance was called in from the regional Police Underwater Search Unit and North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue who launched a boat.

Anyone with information should contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 1, and speak to the Force Control Room.

Please quote reference NYP-18112014-0128.

The body was recovered from the river by the fire boat crew just after 12.20pm.

Officers are carrying out inquiries to establish the full the circumstances surrounding the death.

A force spokesperson said the man’s next of kin are still being traced.

“We are not expected to be in a position to name him until Wednesday at the earliest,” he said

“The circumstances of the death are unexplained at this time as the investigation continues on behalf of the coroner.”

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Police vans on Foss Bank
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Pedestrians are kept away

Cars were diverted away from Foss Bank and pedestrians turned back as police investigated.

Officers were also stationed at various vantage points over the river to keep the public back, including the Sainsbury’s multi-storey car park and Turnbulls garage.

Enquiries are at a very early stage to establish the full circumstances surrounding the incident.