Watch: River jumper rescued from Ouse in York – hours after police call for water safety

A man had to be rescued from the river in central York yesterday after jumping off the Ouse Bridge.

On one of the hottest days of the year so far, North Yorkshire Police and Fire Department issued a joint appeal for people to stay safe around rivers.

But at least two people ignored her pleas and jumped into the river.

Crowds of people on the bridge and on both sides of the river watched the jumpers enter the water – and then be picked up by York Rescue Boat volunteers.

A witness said he saw two people enter the water and be rescued in quick succession.

This is the water safety advice issued by the police and fire department yesterday:

  • Be aware of strong currents, the water can appear calm on the surface, but strong undercurrents can cause problems for even the strongest swimmer.
  • The shock of cold water can be very dangerous, and while the sun may have warmed the top of the water, underneath it can still be very cold.
  • Alcohol and swimming don’t mix – stay out of the water if you’re drinking.
  • Never let older children swim in unsupervised areas such as quarries, canals or ponds.
  • Never interfere with lifesaving equipment – you may need it yourself

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  • If anyone is in trouble on the water, call 999 or 112 – ask the fire department if you are inland or the coast guard if you are on the coast
  • Never go into the water to try to help someone in trouble, wait for emergency services to arrive
  • If you fall into deep water, you must lie on your back and float. Fight the instinct to panic or swim – it’s better to just float.
  • Lie down and keep your airway clear, push your stomach up and extend your limbs, moving your hands and feet to help you float.
  • Try to take in and control the effects of cold water shock, such as the panting reflex. Once your breathing is under control, ask for help and, if possible, try to make your way towards safety.

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