Non-swimmer drowned after being encouraged to jump into River Swale

Dani Khan, right, with friend Ayaz Ali.

Father-to-be Dani Khan died after jumping into the River Swale despite not being able to swim.

Friends coaxed the teenager to jump into a 8ft pool at Wain Wath Waterfalls near Keld.

His friends initially thought he was fine but within moments, the 19-year-old frantically grabbed them to try and stop drowning.

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But despite the efforts of passing strangers, Dani died in what a coroner deemed a “tragic accident”.

At his inquest today, it was revealed warning signs are set to be placed at the place where the tragedy unfolded in May.

But his weeping mum Rachshanda Mirza said: “If the signs were there beforehand, he may have decided not to do it.”

Teesside Coroner’s Court heard Dani only ended up in the water after his mates drove to the wrong place.

The group left a Middlesbrough mosque in a Ford Fiesta intending to go to Richmond.

But despite the aid of a sat nav, the group arrived kept driving up Swaledale and arrived at the waterfall where the tragedy unfolded.

“We got out of the car and we were buzzing,” said Dani’s friend Murad Nadriov.

He claimed the group took running jumps into the water, but Dani only took one step before “bombing” into the pool.

The inquest heard Dani’s head initially popped up, so his friends – assuming he was fine – turned their backs and began joking around.

But after looking again, Murad realised all wasn’t well.

“I could see straight away he was in distress,” he said.

“I found out later Dani may have had his leg trapped under water.”

Onlookers described watching Dani’s arms “flailing” in the water.

Local resident Ian Murphy, from Swaledale Yurts, jumped in and pulled the young man out of the water at the bottom of the falls.

Once out, a group of nurses performed CPR as others rushed to find a defibrillator.

Both Dani and Murad were airlifted to James Cook University Hospital but Dani was pronounced dead in A&E.

The inquest heard his friends had encouraged Dani to jump, but they insisted they had no idea he couldn’t swim.

In her statement, mum Rachshanda said that to her knowledge, he had not swum since primary school and had “forgotten” how to.

His death sparked heartbreak in Teesside’s Muslim community, with fundraising to build a mosque in Pakistan in “beautiful” Dani’s memory.

He was expecting his first child with wife Sonia Hussain.

Previously, friends had called for safety improvements at the site, although North Yorkshire Police said there had been no previous reports of incidents there.

However, declaring his death an accident, senior coroner Clare Bailey said that if necessary, she had the powers to order them to be installed – even if the landowner didn’t want them.