Boy (8) dies in farm accident in Co Antrim
Father and son believed to have been overcome by poisonous slurry fumes
Robert Christie’s father, also Robert, is understood to be in a critical condition in the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast. Photograph: Pacemaker Belfast
The death of a boy in a farming
incident in north Antrim has triggered shock and sadness and prompted renewed warnings about the dangers of working with slurry.
The boy was airlifted to hospital but doctors were unable to resuscitate him. His father is understood to be in a critical condition in the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast.
While investigators from Northern Ireland’s Health and Safety Executive are trying to determine exactly what happened, it is believed
Mr Christie and his son were overcome by the fumes while helping out on a farm on Ballynaloob Road near Dunloy.
The incident may have happened, it is thought, as they were mixing slurry. The death has again highlighted the hazards of farm working and the danger of slurry.
At the inquest last year, the North’s senior coroner, John Leckey, was told by experts that one of the colourless gases emitted by slurry – hydrogen sulphide – had the same devastating effect as hydrogen cyanide.