Tribute paid after Settle man dies in river

Stephen Cliff.
Stephen Cliff.

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

Stephen Cliff, from Settle, drowned after going into the River Ribble at a local beauty spot in Stainforth, Craven, at around 7.45pm on Sunday July 12.

In a tribute to Stephen, 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.”

Police want to take this opportunity to remind people of the danger and encourage them 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