Body recovered from the River Foss was a 20 year old man

Police at the scene of the river search. Photograph: Sofia Loopuit Photographs: Sofia Loopuit
10 Jul 2015 @ 5.29 pm
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Police on Piccadilly in York at the scene of the search. Photographs: Sofia Loopuit
Police on Piccadilly in York at the scene of the search. Photographs: Sofia Loopuit
The body recovered from the River Foss in York city centre was that of a 20-year-old man, police revealed on Friday (July 10).

A police spokeswoman said:

We are not yet in a position to name the man whose body was recovered from the River Foss on Thursday (July 9). However we can advise that he was a 20-year-old man from York.

Police believe there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death and will prepare a report for the coroner.

Police divers recovered the body at about midday on Thursday.

At that time, police said:

We can confirm the underwater search unit have recovered the body of man from the River Foss.

We are not yet in a position to identify the man.

The emergency services had been conducting a search of the Foss after reports of a man entering the water.

A member of the public called police to say they thought there was a man in the water late on Wednesday night.

Onlookers peer over the bridge over the Foss
Onlookers peer over the bridge over the Foss

The police spokeswoman said:

Police received a call from a member of the public at around 11.40pm yesterday (Wednesday, July 8) reporting that they believed there was a man in the River Foss near Merchant Adventurers’ Hall in the Piccadilly area of York.

Searches were conducted of the river and the bank, with the assistance of the fire service, for several hours overnight.

The search was resumed this morning, involving the police underwater search team.