Body of York College student found in the River Ouse

His body was recovered on Sunday afternoon

The body of Chris Palmer, a student at York College, was recovered from the River Ouse  by emergency services on Sunday.

Police officers from the Northumbria Police Marine Unit received a call at 3.15am on Saturday morning and found the body on Sunday at 2:45pm.

Credit: York Press

The Police were called at 3.15am on Saturday, when the man thought to be in his late teens/early twenties fell from the middle arch on Ouse bridge. He was unable to swim to safety despite the efforts of onlookers who threw a life belt to assist him.

A rescue effort was then made with North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue and York Rescue Boat who resumed a search in the water underneath and around Ouse Bridge at 9.30am on Sunday morning. Tragically however, the students body was found later that day.

Insp Hunter said: “This is clearly a very tragic incident and it is important that the man’s family receive specialist police support at this difficult time.

“We ask that people show the family respect and allow them to grieve in private.”

Insp Hunter said: “We realise the emergency response to this incident caused a great deal of disruption during a busy day in York.

“We thank people and nearby businesses for their continued patience and support during the operation, particularly those who have provided vital information to assist police inquiries.”