Inquests into two River Wear deaths being held today

BILL GRANT ... fell off his bike into the River Wear.
BILL GRANT ... fell off his bike into the River Wear.
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INQUESTS into the deaths of two men killed in River Wear tragedies were due to be held today.

The body of Durham University student Euan Coulthard was found in the river near Framwelgate Bridge in Durham, on January 23.

EUAN COULTHARD ... found in the River Wear after a night out with friends.

EUAN COULTHARD ... found in the River Wear after a night out with friends.

The 19-year-old went missing after enjoying a night out in the city with friends on Thursday, January 15.

An inquest into Euan’s death was due to be held at Crook Civic Centre.

Police said there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of the law student, from the village of Bottesford, in Leicestershire.

An inquest was also due to be held at the same venue into the death of Bill Grant.

The 67-year-old was riding alongside the River Wear in Durham on Saturday, February 28, when it is thought he became ill and fell from his bike.

Mr Grant, from Cleadon, fell into the water, sparking a rescue effort by two of the coxed-four team he had been working with.

They jumped into the river to help him, while other students, including a medical graduate who had been out jogging, also helped other passers-by as they created a chain to pull him clear.

After the alarm was raised, a paramedic borrowed another coach’s bike to cycle along the riverside path to get to the scene, with the Great North Air Ambulance also called in to try to save him.

• For updates from both inquests log on to www.sunderlandecho.com today.