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3 killed in slurry pit accident in Co. Down


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Apparently it's Nevin Spence (22 year old Ulster rugby player), his brother, and his dad.

 

Tragic.

 

RIP.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-19614409

 

15 September 2012 Last updated at 20:27 GMT Share this pageEmail Print Share this page

 

1KShareFacebookTwitter.Slurry tank tragedy: Three family members die Two of the men died at the scene and the third man in hospital in Lisburn

Three men have died after four people fell into a slurry tank on a farm at Hillsborough, County Down.

 

Those who died are believed to be two brothers and their father.

 

Their sister has been taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast where she is recovering from the effects of fume inhalation.

 

Ambulance crews received a call to the farm in Drumlough Road just after 18:00 BST and deployed rapid response teams to the scene.

 

In a statement, the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS) said the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue service pulled four people from the slurry pit, three of whom were unconscious.

 

NIAS paramedics tried to resuscitate the three men but two died at the scene.

 

The third man initally responded to resuscitation and was taken to the nearby Lagan Valley Hospital in Lisburn, where he died a short time later.

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Seems his dad fell in, and his brother went in to help him but was overcome with fumes. Then Nevin and his sister went in to help the pair.

 

f***ing horrendous.

 

Trying to save a dog apparently.

 

Awful awful tragedy. Can't even begin to imagine how their mother/wife is feeling today.

 

RIP.

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Trying to save a dog apparently.

 

Awful awful tragedy. Can't even begin to imagine how their mother/wife is feeling today.

 

RIP.

 

Yeah heard that about the dog earlier. Just awful.

 

As you say, the mum must be destroyed. All the men in the family completely wiped out in one horrendous incident.

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Even being close to one in certain conditions can be dangerous, such is the strength of the fumes.

 

Awful. What a horrible scene it must have been when it was discovered.

 

Can't believe that it's not obligatory for farmers to wear some sort of gas mask & protective clothing when working on/near slurry pits. Some guy on the radio this morning saying there have been numerous deaths of this nature over the last few months. Hopefully some good will come out of this in improved Health & Safety requirements for farmers that might save lives in future.

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The pits give off two main hazardous gases. Methane which blunts the sense of smell and lowers a person's ability to sense danger, and hydrogen sulphide which will kill you in about 10 seconds. It was used in chemical warfare in the first world war, it's literally lethal.

 

The sister was lucky to survive.

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