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Co Fermanagh community in shock following death of well-known farmer

The Northern Ireland Health and Safety Executive (HSENI) said it is investigating

A Co Fermanagh community has been left shocked by the death of a well-known farmer who is believed to have become trapped by machinery.

Emergency services were called to a farm in Lisnaskea at around noon yesterday.

The Ambulance Service (NIAS) said it received a 999 call at 12.02pm "following reports of a farm incident".

"NIAS dispatched two rapid response vehicle paramedics to the incident," a spokesman said.

"No-one was taken from the scene."

Police also confirmed that officers attended the farm where the accident happened.

A spokesman said: "Police attended the scene of the sudden death of a male in the Moughley Road area of Lisnaskea.

"There are no further details at this time. The Health and Safety Executive has been informed."

In a statement, the HSENI said it was "aware of an incident in the Enniskillen area and are making enquiries".

SDLP councillor Garbhan McPhillips last night said the community would be stunned by the man's death.

"He was a local farmer, who was well-known in the area," he said.

"People will be shocked to hear what has happened, it is a real tragedy.

"My thoughts are with his family at this terribly sad time."

Sinn Féin councillor Thomas O'Reilly also said: "I am very sad for his family and for the whole community following this man's tragic death.

"I would express my condolences to the family at this time.

"The farming community in rural Fermanagh is close-knit and this man's death will leave many saddened.

"This is a particularly busy time for the farming community and tragedies like these unfortunately happen every year."

DUP Leader and Fermanagh and South Tyrone Arlene Foster expressed her condolences.

"Sadly another farming family has been plunged into grief. The man was well known within the farming community and his character will be greatly missed by all who knew him."

Ulster Unionist MLA Rosemary Barton said: "I am only too aware of the dangers on a farm. No one ever thinks these accidents will happen and all I can do at this time is to offer the family my sympathy and support in the aftermath of this tragedy."

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