Drowning victim Richard Horrocks' family back film

Mother Vicki Horrocks said the moment she heard the news was "the worst phone call a mother" could receive

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The family of a man who drowned in York in July are backing a film about the danger of jumping into the River Ouse.

Richard Horrocks, 21, was the third person to drown in the river in 2011 when he jumped from a balcony to celebrate his last shift at a bar.

Mother Vicki Horrocks said the moment she heard the news was "the worst phone call a mother never hopes to get".

"In a split second my boy turned from being a boy to a body," she added.

York Press commissioned Christopher David to make the film Think Don't Swim.

"We got involved because more people have died in the river than have died in road traffic accidents and house fires combined," said Mr David.

"The emergency boat that goes up and down the Ouse has been called out 40 times this year.

"A lot of the time, it's people who just don't pay any respect to the river and the dangers that are in there."

In Think Don't Swim, a young man drowns when a couple decide to take a midnight dip in the Ouse.

Mr Horrocks jumped into the river at about 06:30 BST on 25 July.

Witnesses saw him struggle and attempts were made to rescue him, but he disappeared from view.

Specialist support to help recover the body was provided by an underwater search unit from West Yorkshire Police. His body was recovered from the river the following afternoon.

Police said it was a "moment of misplaced exuberance".

Think Don't Swim launched at the City Screen cinema on Coney Street, close to the balcony from which Mr Horrocks jumped.

It will be played at schools and universities throughout the city.

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