Safety calls after body found in river

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STUDENTS have renewed their call for increased safety measures along the River Wear after an amateur diver, searching for missing student Euan Coulthard, discovered a body in the water.

A formal identification of the body, recovered from under Framwelgate Bridge by police yesterday, is expected on Monday but police have notified Euan’s family of the discovery.

Euan Coulthard, 19, and a law student at St Mary's College in Durham, was reported missing on the afternoon of Thursday, January 15.

Euan Coulthard, 19, and a law student at St Mary's College in Durham, was reported missing on the afternoon of Thursday, January 15.

Searches had been carried out along the Wear in Durham City since the 19-year-old law student went missing after a night out on January 14.

It is understood the body was fully clothed and a wallet and other documents were found.

In the past 15 months Durham undergraduates Sope Peters and Luke Pearce have also drowned in the Wear after nights out.

Second year student Charles Capel, 20, said: “If this is Euan, we are obviously very sad to hear of his death. I think the general feeling is that something does now need to be done.

Police from the Marine Unit were called in for the grim task of removing a body discovered in the River Wear at Durham below Framwellgate Bridge.

Police from the Marine Unit were called in for the grim task of removing a body discovered in the River Wear at Durham below Framwellgate Bridge.

“The fencing along the river is variable or non-existent.

“One idea might be movable fences which could be erected at night, and taken down during the day.”

Superintendent Andy Huddleston, of Durham Police, said: “This is a tragedy for all concerned.

“It is the third death of this type I have been involved in during the last 14 months.

“The police will work with students and the other agencies to see what can be done to prevent another tragedy.”

A post-mortem examination of the body will be done over the weekend to establish an initial cause of death.