York & North Yorkshire

Dead River Tees fisherman was York Hospital boss

A man who died on a fishing trip on the River Tees was a manager at York Hospital.

Keith Ellerby, 64, from York, had nearly 50 years' service in the NHS.

He was one of two men swept into the sea at Redcar's South Gare on Monday. He was airlifted to hospital, where he later died.

Patrick Crowley, chief executive of the York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said staff were "shocked" to hear of Mr Ellerby's death.

Mr Crowley said: "Keith was approaching 50 years' service in the NHS and his colleagues were looking forward to celebrating this landmark with him.

"My sympathy is of course with his family, and with his colleagues and friends at the hospital, who will miss him terribly."

A Coastguard spokesman described sea conditions at the time of the incident as "terrible."

A 63-year-old man, also from York, managed to make his way to land and was taken to hospital. He was released after being treated for hypothermia.

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