Boy dies in Co Down farming accident

Tuesday 30 July 2013 18.58
Investigation into fatal accident on Co Down farm
Investigation into fatal accident on Co Down farm

A ten-year-old boy has died in a farming accident in Co Down.

A spokesman from the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service said the boy fell off farm machinery shortly before 2.30pm at the property on the Rathfriland Road, Castlewellan.

He was airlifted to Craigavon Area Hospital because of the inaccessibility of the site.

Investigators from Northern Ireland's Health and Safety Executive are examining the circumstances of the incident.

Last week, Henry Allen, 70, died after falling from a wall on his farm in Co Derry.

The father-of-three is believed to have lost his balance while working with silage.

Also last week six-year-old Harry Starrett died after collapsing in the milking parlour of his family farm on the outskirts of Armagh.

There were initial fears he had died in a farm-related accident but a post mortem subsequently identified an undiagnosed heart condition.