A FARMER who was trapped under a quad bike in one of the most remote parts of the country has told how his life was probably saved by never being late for work.
Charlie Boyle failed to show up on time for his other job as a part-time bus driver at Glenveagh National Park in Co Donegal.
When his workmates couldn't reach him on his phone, they knew something was wrong.
They found him on a remote mountainside, trapped and unable to move.
"I was out checking on the sheep from dawn on the quad bike and it just turned over and I was trapped underneath it," said the 64-year-old, who farms outside the village of Churchill.
"I couldn't move an inch and I just thought, 'I'm going to die up here.' I'd left my phone in the house too.
"All I could hear were crows and I thought, 'I'll end up being fodder for them.'
"I've never been late for work at Glenveagh and I hoped that someone there might think that it was odd. Thankfully, they did."
His boss Tres Alcorn, a neighbour of Mr Boyle's, asked friends to call to his employee's home.
A search party was quickly organised. After Mr Boyle had been found, he was taken to Letterkenny Hospital, where he was treated for severely torn ligaments to his ankle.
"Never being late for work saved my life," said Mr Boyle, who was resting at his farmhouse yesterday.