UPDATE: Student rescued from river at Durham where three others have died

RESCUE SCENE ... the River Wear at Durham.
RESCUE SCENE ... the River Wear at Durham.
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A STUDENT is being treated for hypothermia after he was rescued from a river in which three undergraduates have drowned in just over a year.

Police and fire officers formed a human chain to rescue the man from the River Wear in Durham, near Durham Amateur Rowing Club, at 1.45am today.

The rescue came a week after the body of 19-year-old law student Euan Coulthard was discovered in the river.

Durham undergraduates Sope Peters and Luke Pearce also drowned in the Wear following nights out.

Earlier this week, police announced a range of safety measures for Durham city centre, including an independent review of riverside safety.

Today, a Durham Police spokeswoman said: “Durham Police officers formed a human chain with help from the fire service to rescue a student who had fallen into the River Wear.

“The man was discovered at 1.45am today in the water near Durham Amateur Rowing Club by a passer-by who raised the alarm.

“Police officers came to the aid of the student and managed to get him out of the water with the help of colleagues from the fire service.

“The man was taken to the University Hospital of North Durham suffering from hypothermia.”

The spokeswoman said no other people were missing in the incident.

Euan, from Bottesford, in Leicestershire, was reported missing on January 15 after he failed to return home following a night out in Durham.

The City Safety Group launched new riverside safety plans after his body was found in the Wear last Friday.

The group, which is made up of the county council, the university, the students’ union, the police and the cathedral in Durham, said it would continue to educate students about personal wellbeing, attempt to re-establish the night time bus and set up a high visibility welfare unit.

It also said it would explore measures to tackle the availability of cheap alcohol and develop a new arrangement with taxi operators in the city to allow at-risk students a safe method of getting home.