Emergency services called to two more river incidents in York

The River Ouse. Photograph: YorkMix
31 Oct 2019 @ 8.00 am
| News

Emergency services responded to two more river incidents early this morning.

The first call came at 2.48am on Thursday (31 October). Crews from York and Acomb were mobilised to reports of a man in the River Ouse.

A spokesperson for North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service said: “On our arrival, the male was out of the water and in police custody. No action was taken by the fire service.”

York Rescue Boat was also called out, reporting: “The team were called out by North Yorkshire Police as well as colleagues from North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service after concerns were raised for a person near the river.

“The incident was brought to a safe conclusion and the person was left in the care of local officers.”

The second call out was at 3.39am at Queen’s Staith on the Ouse.

A crew from York rescued a woman from a sand bar at the side of the river. She was unable to climb back up the wall.

Firefighters helped her to safety using “manpower only”.

The news comes a day after fire chiefs rescued a woman from the Foss after she had spent an hour in the freezing water, describing her as lucky to be alive.

And York station manager Bob Hoskins issued a warning that these stretches of water can kill, especially in the current low temperatures.