WATCH: “I was one of the lucky ones” - Slurry tank accident survivor


Kevin McEnteggart raced down to the farmyard after arriving home early from school. He loved the farm and wanted to help his father that afternoon.

Kevin was sent back to the house to collect a coat for his father when he took a shortcut through the slatted sheds.

His two older brothers had been agitating slurry for their father and had removed some of the slats.

As Kevin was just a child in sixth class, he thought that it would be possible for him to jump over the gaps.

Disaster

Disaster struck when Kevin caught his foot on a slat and fell head-first into six feet of slurry. Kevin scrambled for his life and it was only luck that made his brother turn off the tractor and they could hear his moans.

By the time Kevin’s brothers got to the scene, they could see only the hair at the crown of his head and between them, managed to pull him out to safety.

“I think that for farming parents, it’s so important to always expect the unexpected,” said Kevin, who stresses the importance of restricted areas on farms.

“I was one of the lucky ones, but it just could have been so different” he concluded.

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