A man was rescued from the River Ouse in the early hours of the morning – and emergency services believe he may have been thrown in the water by his friends.

Fire crews from York and Acomb were called out at 2.47am on Sunday (11 August) to reports of a man in the water.

A boat crew was deployed and they pulled him from the river. York Rescue Boat was also involved in the operation.

The man was then handed over to an ambulance crew.

Dangers of cold water

The fire service boat crew involved in the rescue operation. Photograph: Station manager Bob Hoskins on Twitter
Fire station manager Bob Hoskins tweeted after the rescue:

  • York Fire Service boat crew carried out a rescue at 2:47 this morning when a male was reported in the River Ouse.

    York and Acomb attended the incident and the boat rescued the casualty and handed him to Yorkshire Ambulance.

    Unfortunately early information suggests he may have been thrown in the river by his mates (not confirmed). People still don’t understand the dangers of cold water.

That drew a response from fellow firefighter Tommy Richardson, who said: “Unbelievable. If only they knew the dangers and the potential consequences of their actions. I hope he is doing OK.”

After the successful rescue. Photograph: Station manager Bob Hoskins on Twitter

York Rescue Boat also released a statement saying they were called out by police to reports of a person in the water, adding:

“The team immediately made there way to the scene where they joined North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service, Yorkshire Ambulance Service and police.

“A short time later the person was successfully rescued and handed over to the ambulance service.”