Safety warning after Settle man drowns in river

Safety warning after Settle man drowns in river

Published at 10:46am 15th July 2015. (Updated at 5:18pm 15th July 2015)

A man from Settle has died after getting into difficulty in the River Ribble.

Stephen Cliff, 42, drowned when he was in the water at a local beauty spot in Stainforth on Sunday night.

In a tribute, his family said: "Stephen was a much-loved son, brother and uncle.

"We would like to thank all those that are helping us during this sad time."

Police say his death is a stark reminder of the potential dangers posed by rivers and lakes.

Officers are encouraging everyone to take the following steps to stay safe:

  • Always keep within your depth.
  • Be sure that the river is safe. Give yourself an easy route in and out of the water, look for currents, fast moving water and make sure it's not too deep.
  • Never dive in or swim alone.
  • Don't swim near weirs - once caught in the undertow, you have little chance of escape.
  • Beware of weeds - you can get tangled and trapped in weeds growing at the bottom of the river.
  • Don't swim after drinking alcohol or taking drugs.