Farmer 'drowned' after being 'knocked into a slurry pit by his tractor rolling backwards'
A farmer has died tragically after a tractor apparently knocked him into a slurry pit.
The 52-year-old was named as Michael McGrath by locals in west Clare, where he farmed near Labasheeda.
Mr McGrath is understood to have been working with a tractor and trailer at around 7.20pm on Tuesday and was unloading slurry when the vehicle rolled backwards and knocked him into a slurry pit.
It's believed that Mr McGrath drowned before he could be rescued, however all the circumstances of the incident remain under investigation.
Two units of the fire brigade and an ambulance from Kilrush were called to the scene but Mr McGrath could not be saved.
The victim's body was removed to University Hospital Limerick where a post-mortem examination is due to be carried out.
Inspectors from the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) visited the scene yesterday while gardaí will undertake a separate investigation.
Mr McGrath is survived by his partner Elizabeth and a daughter, believed to be three.