AN AMATEUR diver found a body in the River Wear in the search for a missing student.
Euan Coulthard, 19, went missing after a night out in Durham City on January 14.
The body was recovered from under Framwelgate Bridge at about 10am today. Durham Police said Euan’s parents had been infomed.
Formal identification will not take place until early next week.
It is understood the body was full clothed and a wallet and other documents were found.
Two other Durham University students have been found dead in in similar circumstances in the last 14 months.
Students are calling for something to be done to prevent another tragedy.
Superintendent Andy Huddleston of Durham Police defended his officers’ search.
“We are alerted to the body by a keen amateur diver who knows the area very well,” said Supt Huddleston.
“We did not deploy our divers earlier after taking advice about the conditions.
“Bear in mind we are also searching a very long stretch of the river, from Durham City to Sunderland.
“Euan’s parents have been informed of today’s events.
“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.”
Second year student Charles Capel said fellow students’ feelings were mixed.
“A single death is unfortunate,” he said. “But three is more than a coincidence.
“If this is Euan, we are obviously very sad to hear of his death, but there is an element of relief that the uncertainty may be over.
“I didn’t know Euan, but I’ve heard a lot about him and I’ve never heard a bad word.”
Charles, 20, is hopeful something positive will come from the death.
“I think the general feeling is that something does now need to be done,” he said.
“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.”
A post mortem examination of the body will be done over the weekend to establish an initial cause of death.
Formal identification is not expected before Monday.