Army of safety volunteers to patrol Durham after student river deaths

Emergency services in Durham after the body of Euan Coulthard was found in the Wear
Emergency services in Durham after the body of Euan Coulthard was found in the Wear
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ABOUT 50 volunteers will take up their new roles today as they help keep their fellow students safe.

The Durham University students will be working in the city centre as one of a range of measures after the deaths of three undergraduates, whose bodies were found in the River Wear after nights out.

Sope Peters drowned in October 2013, Luke Pearce died in May 2014, and Euan Coulthard was found dead in January. All had been out drinking.

The project is part of the work of Durham’s City Safety Groups, which involves Durham County Council, Durham Students’ Union and Durham University’s Student Community Action.

The volunteers aim to identify people at risk and will receive training on basic life-saving, manual handling, drug and alcohol awareness, personal safety, the law and water emergencies.

Each of the three teams made up of four students, a project leader and a member of university staff, will carry radios, first aid kit, water, foil blanket and torches, all provided by the council’s city centre manager.

A place of safety has been identified for vulnerable people equipped with mattresses, supplies and provisions

The scheme will run for three Wednesdays and after a pilot, an assessment will take place to help shape a longer-term sustainable student volunteering programme.