Man who lost life in River Swale tragedy was “kindest person” says friend

Dani Khan, right, with friend Ayaz Ali.


The friend of a man who lost his life in the River Swale has described how he was the kindest person he ever met.

Dani Khan, 19, from Middlesbrough, died on Friday after getting into trouble at Wain Wath falls on the River Swale.

Friend Ayaz Ali, 18,  said Dani, who was married and whose partner is pregnant, was a lovely man.

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“I’ve known him for five year and would see him literally everyday, always creating memories, when I find out he passed away it killed me, it’s like he took my soul with him it will never be the same without him.

“Let this be a lesson to everyone that you never know what’s around the corner I only spoke to him the night before and he came and gave me my sunglasses that I left with him on the day and said ‘see you tomorrow night Ayaz’.

“I didn’t think I’d be seeing him on a hospital bed taken away from this world. What’s happened has happened now all we can do is stay strong in the name of my beautiful brother Dani Khan and be there for his family.”

Dani Khan with wife Sonia Hussain.

Ayaz said Dani had gone for a day out with friends.

He said he heard other friends were in the water and despite not being able to swim he jumped in, possibly not realising how deep it was.

His friends desperately tried to keep him above water  but struggled to keep hold of him, and he was under water for 15 minutes before being pulled out.

The 19-year-old was airlifted to James Cook Hospital were he was later pronounced dead.

Ayaz said he and friends visited the falls the following day to see where Dani had lost his life.

He added: “My car broke down and it rained all the way but when we got there, the sun came out and it felt like he was there with us.”

The tragedy happened at Wain Wath falls on the River Swale.

There are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances, and a report will be prepared for the coroner, a North Yorkshire Police spokesman added.