River safety idea backed by family

9:45am Tuesday 7th May 2013

THE family of a York bartender who drowned after jumping in the Ouse is backing plans to launch a new rescue boat on the river.

Pub doorman calls for rescue boat to patrol York river

York Press: Dave Benson, who rescued a woman from the River Ouse

10:39am Thursday 2nd May 2013

A DOORMAN who has helped prevent two women from drowning in the Ouse is hoping to launch a new river rescue boat.

Landlord receives bravery award for river rescue

York Press: Dafydd Williams, landlord of the King’s Arms, who has been given a bravery award for rescuing a woman from the River Ouse

10:10am Monday 7th January 2013

A PUB landlord who waded waist-deep into floodwaters to rescue a woman from York’s River Ouse has won an award for his bravery.

Baroness backs safety campaign

York Press: Conservative Party Chairman Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, right, and Conservative Police and Crime Commissioner candidate Julia Mulligan stand by the plaque to the memory of Richard Horrocks who died trying to swim across the River Ouse

11:00am Friday 3rd August 2012

A GOVERNMENT minister has vowed to spread The Press’s Think Don’t Swim message as she backed our river safety campaign.

Life-saving gesture on anniversary of Richard’s river death

York Press: Friends of Richard Horrocks look on as a cheque for more than £1,000, raised from their naked calendar, is presented by Chloe Bowman, left front, and Abbi Horrocks, right front, to York Fire Station manager Paul Bennett and firefighter Paul Warnock

9:13am Tuesday 24th July 2012

FRIENDS and colleagues of a York bartender who drowned a year ago today have marked the anniversary by helping to save other people’s lives.

Australian newspaper uses campaign as model for its own

York Press: The Maroochy Journal at the start of its safety campaign

9:39am Friday 9th March 2012

AN AUSTRALIAN newspaper has launched a life-saving drive – using The Press’s Think Don’t Swim campaign for inspiration.

Inquest warning on river dangers

York Press: Vicki Horrocks, left, leaves the  inquest into the death of her son, Richard

9:50am Thursday 9th February 2012

A POLICE officer has issued a fresh warning about the dangers of the Ouse after telling how a bartender jumped in and drowned in the bitterly cold river.

River tragedy plaque unveiled

York Press: The plaque unveiled in memory of Richard Horrocks

9:19am Saturday 14th January 2012

A PLAQUE has been unveiled in memory of a worker who drowned in the River Ouse and whose death sparked The Press’s Think, Don’t Swim campaign.

River tragedy plaque to be unveiled at York bar

York Press: Richard Horrocks: sparked Press campaign

9:25am Wednesday 11th January 2012

A PLAQUE is to be unveiled at a York riverside bar this week in a bid to prevent another tragic death in the River Ouse.

Hopes for safe 2012 on York's rivers

York Press: Vicki Horrocks, whose son drowned in the Ouse

9:11am Tuesday 3rd January 2012

THE mother of a young bartender who drowned in the River Ouse last July says her biggest hope for 2012 is that no one else will die in York’s rivers.

York police officer writes poem for Think Don't Swim campaign

York Press: Zoe Billings, who has written a poem for the Think, Don’t Swim campaign, on the banks of the River Ouse in York

8:20am Wednesday 28th December 2011

A YORK police officer has used her experience of rescuing people from the River Ouse as the inspiration for this hard-hitting poem to back The Press’s Think, Don’t Swim campaign.

£1k boost for river safety campaign

8:27am Friday 23rd December 2011

A CALENDAR featuring naked York bartenders has raised more than £1,000 in support of The Press’s Think, Don’t Swim campaign.

Bar staff strip off for river appeal

9:02am Tuesday 13th December 2011

YORK bar staff who posed for a nude calendar in support of The Press’s Think, Don’t Swim campaign have made a profit of almost £600 to help buy equipment to help rescue people who have jumped or fallen in York’s rivers.

3,000 see river campaign film

9:37am Saturday 3rd December 2011

THE Press’ Think, Don’t Swim film has been seen by more than 3,000 people in 30 days.

York bartenders bare all for river safety campaign

York Press: A scene from the calendar which will raise money for The Press Think, Don’t Swim  campaign.

8:18am Wednesday 23rd November 2011

A CALENDAR featuring naked York bartenders was launched last night in support of The Press’ Think Don’t Swim campaign.

Report reveals full scale of river deaths as Press campaign gathers pace

8:30am Friday 11th November 2011

THE full scale of the tragic loss of life in Britain’s rivers has been highlighted in a new report – as The Press’s own campaign to reveal the dangers of water gathers pace.

2,000 view The Press’s Think, Don’t Swim film

9:10am Tuesday 8th November 2011

THE Press’ Think, Don’t Swim film has been seen by almost 2,000 people within a week of its premiere at York’s City Screen cinema.

Hundreds watch river safety campaign movie

York Press: Cary Galia, the lead actor in Think, Don't Swim, in front of the TV cameras at the City Screen before the premiere of the film

8:00am Wednesday 2nd November 2011

HUNDREDS of people watched an emotive campaign film aimed at raising awareness of the dangers of York’s rivers within 24 hours of its launch.

Audience’s 'stunning' verdict on river safety film

York Press: Vicki Horrocks, mother of drowning victim Richard, speaks during the film Think Don’t Swim

9:30am Tuesday 1st November 2011

STUNNED silence greeted the premiere of The Press’s new hard-hitting film aimed at raising awareness of the dangers of York’s rivers.

River safety campaign film premieres in York

York Press: A still from the Think, Don’t Swim film showing graves in the River Ouse.

9:20am Monday 31st October 2011

A HARD-HITTING film aimed at driving home the message of The Press’s Think, Don’t Swim campaign is being premiered today at York’s City Screen cinema.

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York Press: A still from the Think, Don’t Swim film showing graves in the River Ouse. Watch the Think, Don't Swim campaign film>

York Press: Think, Don't Swim campaign

The Press’s ‘Think, Don’t Swim’ campaign has been launched in a bid to raise awareness of the dangers posed by jumping or falling into York’s rivers.

It has the full support of Vicki and Abbi Horrocks, the mother and sister of a 21-year-old barman, Richard, who drowned after leaping into the Ouse from the balcony of Revolution after completing his last shift in July.

Vicki says she wants to do everything she can to prevent others going through the anguish suffered by her family since Richard died.

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