Nevin Spence slurry tank death sparks warning
Farmers have again been warned of the dangers of slurry tanks in the wake of an accident that claimed the lives of a young rugby star, his brother and their father.
Ulster Rugby player Nevin Spence, 22, brother Graham, 30, and 58-year-old father Noel died after being overcome by poisonous fumes and falling into an underground slurry tank at the family farm in Co Down on Saturday.
Relatives have said the men died trying to save each other.
The Health and Safety Executive, which is investigating the incident, reiterated advice that farmers should not enter tanks and only mix slurry in ventilated areas.
“Our advice is not to go into slurry pits,” said Jim King of the HSENI.
Mr King said he was aware of reports that the incident was triggered after a dog entered the tank but said the exact sequence of events could only be confirmed after consulting eyewitnesses, including grieving family members.
Nevin and Graham’s sister Emma, who also inhaled fumes, has been released from hospital following treatment. Along with her mother Essie and sister Laura, the artist was being comforted by friends and relations at the family home.
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