He was making his way home to Aspen Lane when it seems he tripped over a low wall on Water Street and fell about five feet into Earby beck .
Sandbags were issued today to property owners in Pickering as rising water levels in the town's beck sparked fears of flooding.
A new stream will be created linked to Black Dyke beck while shallow pools and hollows will be created in preparation for natural flooding next winter.
After a further length of idyllic beck and dappled sunlight we cut back through a pretty farm and found a place to sit and enjoy the view and watch a farmer repair a drystone wall.
She is still clearing up her house, an astonishing 571 days after it was inundated when the nearby town beck burst its banks last March.
To put that in context, the pollution of Osbaldwick beck by a timber treatment company, fought off by local opposition, could well have gone ahead with the public reservations disallowed.
And many villagers volunteered to help dig a ditch that will divert floodwaters from one beck to another.
Residents in Hovingham have dug a massive trench which they hope will divert flood waters safely away from their homes from one beck to another nearby.
Left to road, bridge over beck , gap in hedge and across field for 100 yards then uphill with fence to right (signed by road).
Meanwhile, a Humberside Fire spokesperson said about 30 properties in and around Pocklington had been affected after the town's beck had burst its banks.