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    Ulster rugby player and 2 others die after falling into slurry tank.

    Ulster rugby player Nevin Spence dies along with brother and father in farm tragedy

    Nevin Spence, an Ulster rugby player, was one of three members of the same family to die after after falling in a slurry tank on a farm.


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    Nevin Spence playing for Ulster Rugby. Mr Spence has been confirmed as one of the deceased Photo: ACTION IMAGES

    By Claire Duffin

    9:26PM BST 15 Sep 2012


    Spence, 22, who was recently named in the Ireland international squad, was killed along with his brother and father on Saturday evening.

    A fourth person, understood to be their sister, also fell into the tank and was taken to hospital where she was recovering from the effects of inhaling fumes.

    The accident happened at a farm in Hillsborough, County Down, about ten miles from Belfast.

    Emergency services were called to the site shortly after 6pm last night.

    Firemen pulled all four victims from the slurry pit.

    Two of the men were declared dead at the scene, while the third was taken to hospital, where he died shortly afterwards.
    The site is only nine miles from another farm, where a farmer died in June last year after falling into a slurry tank.
    The large tanks are used to store slurry - a combination of cow manure and water - until it is ready to be used as fertilizer.
    A spokesman for the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service said: "One of the four showed initial signs of responding to the efforts of the crews and was transported immediately to the nearby Lagan Valley Hospital, where unfortunately he died a short time later.
    "Despite the best efforts of all involved the other two men died at the scene. A female was treated at the scene and taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital where she is recovering from the effects of fume inhalation."
    Pat Catney, a Social Democratic and Labour Party councillor, said: "I'm shocked and devastated. It's another farming accident, and there are too many of them.
    "Something has to be done to stop these accidents. I'm sorry for the family and for the neighbours," he told UTV.
    The Health and Safety Executive has been notified and will carry out an investigation.
    Spence's club, Ulster Rugby, confirmed he was one of the three victims.
    He played for Ulster Ravens, their second team, against Munster A on Friday afternoon.
    Spence was considered a rising star of rugby union, having represented Ireland at under 20 level and being called to the Ireland training squad for the Six Nations last year.
    In May this year, he was selected for Ireland squad ahead of a match against the Barbarians, a team made up of players from across the world.
    A former pupil at Wallace High School, Spence made his first appearance for Ulster against Ospreys in April 2010.
    Rugby players and fans paid tribute to the young player.
    Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson said on Twitter "Deeply saddened to hear of the tragedy in Hillsborough this evening. My thoughts and prayers are with family at this time of devastation."
    The Ulster Farmers' Union said the tragedy had shocked the entire farming community.
    UFU president Harry Sinclair said: "On behalf of all our members, I would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the family involved.
    "This news has shocked the farming community. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the three men who have so tragically lost their lives.
    "We understand that a fourth member of the family has been hospitalised and we pray that they will make a full recovery."
    Nevin Spence's management company expressed their "deep regret" after the Ulster centre's death in a farming accident.
    Cornerflag Management, who represented Nevin Spence, released a statement saying: "It was with great sadness and deep regret that we learned of the sudden and tragic passing of Nevin, his father Noel and brother Graham in an accident on their family farm on Saturday afternoon.
    "Our thoughts and prayers are with the Spence family at this extremely sad time."
    Welsh rugby legend Shane Williams said, "My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Nevin Spence. A tragic loss. A class act on the field also. RIP". New Zealand rugby world cup winner Dan Carter tweeted: "Such sad news and my thoughts go out to his family".
    Northern Ireland golfer Rory McIlroy also tweeted his condolences, saying: "Just heard the tragic news of Nevin Spence and his family. Makes you cherish every day you have on this Earth".


    Ulster rugby player Nevin Spence dies along with brother and father in farm tragedy - Telegraph

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    Yeah, saw that today 3 of the same family.
    Tragic loss for them all, devastating.

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    was it a tank or a pit ?

    and what where they doing to fall in ?

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    The fickle finger of fate. Recently we had a bloke departing after a wank job in a Bali massage and now at the other end of the ' ways to go ' spectrum we have this.

    Pretty grim sort of demise. RIP

    ( rest in poo )

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mid View Post
    was it a tank or a pit ?

    and what where they doing to fall in ?

    Not at all uncommon for more than one to die in these accidents.
    fumes overcome one who falls in, others go to help and also succumb.

    Tragic.

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    Probably overcome by fumes

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    if this happens, then it often wipes out the whole family...

    often children fall into, then the mother, then the father... many such cases...

    isnt there any general advise, what to do, how to get out of it, when it happens?

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    How could they tell the difference between Ulster and a slurry tank?

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    Shit happens

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    Quote Originally Posted by alitongkat
    isnt there any general advise, what to do, how to get out of it, when it happens?
    Call for help immediately...but never go in after them, no matter the urge...

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    Quote Originally Posted by quimbian corholla View Post
    How could they tell the difference between Ulster and a slurry tank?
    the lads at Ulster will take that as a slur on the team. . .

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    [QUOTE=alitongkat;2216873]they tried to save the family dog...

    father fell in first.

    RIP to all three, what a fokin way to go.

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    I remember one of these reported in egypt years ago, it was seven people all started by a chicken who fell in a well.
    The chicken survived.

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    The gas is methane which is highly volatile. From shit-pits on farms to large vessels in refineries , etc., I've seen this happen more than once in spite of rigorous safety training. The impulse to rescue loved-ones/co-workers is strong.
    Not to be self-righteous but some of these posts lack respectability IMHO.
    Let us remember that without proper self-respect one cannot properly respect anything.

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    I love my dogs, but there's no way I'd jump in a tank full of shit to save one that fell in.

    Now if it was a relative, I'd tell them to dive under, then drop a lighted match in to burn off the gas. Once the fireball has gone, plenty of time to drop a rope in to haul them out (then hose them off from a distance )
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