A teenager who died after diving off a waterfall at Wain Wath Falls on the River Swale in the Yorkshire Dales to cool off during Friday’s heatwave was due to become a father, his devastated friends have revealed.


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Dani Khan, 19, and three other friends decided to go for a swim in the river during Friday’s heatwave but Dani got into trouble after diving off a cliff into a plunge pool below.

His three friends desperately tried to rescue him, but he was under the water for 15 minutes.

Rescue teams were scrambled to the scene at about 5pm on Friday and airlifted him to James Cook Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Devastated friend Ayaz Ali, 18, revealed Dani was married and was due to have a baby with his partner.

He told Richmondshire Today: ‘I’ve known him for five years and would see him literally everyday, always creating memories, when I found 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.’

A spokesperson for North Yorkshire Police said: ‘There are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances, and a report will be prepared for the coroner.’