Father and son rescued after farm slurry incident

A father and son have been rescued after falling into a slurry pit in Northern Ireland.

The two men, aged in their 40s and 70s, got into difficulty on a farm in the Claudy area of County Derry on Saturday afternoon (16 June).

Emergency services attended the scene after the alarm was raised at about 3.45pm.

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Both men were taken by air ambulance to Altnagelvin Hospital for treatment.

‘Stable’ condition

A hospital spokesman said both men were in a “stable” condition, but one was “more critical than the other”.

Firefighters from Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service also attended.

The Health and Safety Executive has been informed of the incident.

Farm fatality

The latest serious incident comes less than a week after a farmer was killed in a farm machinery accident in County Fermanagh.

Married father-of-four Gerry Collins, 45, died following the incident on family land in Moughley Road, close to Lisnakea, on Monday 11 June.