Sunday 17 November 2019

Boy (15) dies tragically after becoming trapped in farm machinery

Ralph Riegel

A TEENAGE boy died from horrific crush injuries after being caught between a tractor and a shed on his family farm in west Cork.

The boy, named locally as Ciaran Casey (15), was discovered unconscious by his father who had become concerned about him after he hadn’t returned to their home from the farmyard.

The accident occurred shortly after 6.30pm at Lisheen near Church Cross on the outskirts of Skibbereen in west Cork.

The boy’s shocked father immediately raised the alarm and paramedics were at the scene within minutes.

The teen was rushed to Cork University Hospital (CUH) but was tragically pronounced dead on arrival.

A full post mortem examination will be conducted today.

A Health and Safety Authority (HSA) investigation is now expected to be launched.

Gardai examined the scene but officers are treating the incident as a freak accident.

The boy, who loved tractors, had apparently gone to the farmyard shortly after 6pm last night having returned from school.

As he walked between the heavy metal bucket of a parked digger and a concrete shed, he somehow became trapped.

He suffered severe crush injuries to his torso in the process.

He was found partially trapped against the shed by his father.

Locals today told the Evening Herald that the tragedy has numbed the area.

“He was a lovely young fella – he absolutely adored the outdoors whether it was his family farm or the sea. He also loved tractors and trawlers, I suppose he was a typical teenage boy,” one neighbour said.

“He also loved the sea and was always taking photos of the coastline around here such as the Fastnet Rock lighthouse.”

The boy was a former pupil at Lisheen national school and prayers were offered for him and his family by shocked students this morning.

He was due to sit his Junior Cert in Skibbereen secondary school next year.

Neighbours were calling to the family home at Lisheen throughout the day to offer their support and sympathy.

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