How a horrific farm accident changed this mans life forever
An horrific accident at just 12 years old changed William Sears' life forever. Now the son of a Derry dairy farmer is spreading the message about farm safety to ensure no-one else suffers the same fate.
William was helping a friend spread slurry on Easter Monday 1990 - a day he remembers like yesterday - when a moving part on a tractor caught his coat and tore his arm out of its socket.
The accident happened at Dunamanagh, outside Strabane, 11 miles from the nearest hospital.
Speaking at the Balmoral Show, he said: "My friend was helping me, he was 16. I was the only son of a farmer so we had been out all day spreading slurry. It was a quarter to eight at night when my mum called us in for tea.
"I was going out past the window when my mother called out for me to put on a coat. I didn't bother zipping it up because I was only doing one load of slurry.
"Everything was going to plan - the shaft was fully guarded bar a bit missing about two inches at the front end."
As William adjusted a vacuum pump at the back of the tractor, disaster stuck.
Part of his coat caught on the tractor's Power Take Off (PTO) shaft, a connection which moves so fast it can take in up to 17 feet of material in one second.