Body recovered from River Ouse in York

Lendal Bridge sealed off by police on Saturday. Photographs: Richard McDougall

A body was recovered from the River Ouse in York on Saturday.

Police confirmed the news today (Sunday) after the major operation in the city centre yesterday.

A spokesperson for North Yorkshire Police said:

  • North Yorkshire Police received a call at 9.30am on Saturday 26 October reporting a body in the River Ouse close to Lendal Bridge in York.

    Emergency services attended and the body of a man was recovered from the water. Sadly the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

    There are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances.

    The deceased man has not yet been formally identified.

Bridge was closed

Dame Judi Dench Walk was also sealed off
Lendal Bridge was sealed off by police yesterday morning as they carried out the recovery operation.

Fire crews and an ambulance were also called to the scene, and the York Rescue Boat was mobilised.

Museum Street was closed for just under one hour to allow the body to be removed.

The sad news comes a week after we reported on some of the ideas to make York’s rivers safer from the city’s new water safety forum.

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