‘Much-loved’ 42-year-old drowns in North Yorkshire river

A 42-year-old man has drowned after “getting into difficulty” in a river in North Yorkshire.

Stephen Cliff, from Settle, died after going into the River Ribble at a local beauty spot in Stainforth, Craven, at around 7.45pm on Sunday.

A statement released by his family said: “Stephen was a much loved son, brother and uncle. We would like to thanks all those that are helping us during this sad time.”

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North Yorkshire Police said in a press release that the “deeply sad” death was “a stark reminder of the dangers potential dangers posed by rivers and lakes”.

It is urging the public to take steps to stay safe, including not swimming or diving alone, not swimming near weirs, and not swimming after taking alcohol or drugs.

For more information visit www.northyorkshire.police.uk/watersafety.