A well known Churchill man who had to be rescued after being trapped under his quad for three hours has thanked his neighbour who raised the alarm when he didn’t turn up for work at 9am.
On Monday morning last, Charlie Boyle left his home at around 7am and traveled up the Kilmore Mountain to feed sheep.
His drive uphill took a sudden turn for the worst when the quad began to topple backwards.
Quick thinking Charlie did his best to stay in front of the quad as it rolled down the mountain, however, he found himself trapped under it, when the quad fell on top of his feet.
Due to the downhill position he was trapped in, he couldn’t free himself.
Charlie had no way of raising the alarm himself as he had left his phone at home.
He became increasingly frustrated and began to dig a trench with his hands in a bid to free his feet.
The work became exhausting and he was lying down again when he heard his neighbour Trevor O hAlcorn shouting his name.
Earlier that morning, Tres Connaghan had made enquiries when Charlie failed to turn up to the Glenveagh National Park to drive the bus.
She called her brother Trevor who went to Charlie’s home to look for him. Trevor’s investigations led him to Kilmore mountain where he found a very relieved Charlie.
Mark Alcorn and Dan Friel had joined in the search and Charlie was brought home with a suspected broken ankle.
“I am very lucky to have such good neighbours, who raised the alarm when I didn’t turn in for work, Tres in particular.
“I would normally have reported for work and she began to wonder where I was when I didn’t turn up.
“I knew nobody else knew where I was.
“You forget that simple things can suddenly become dangerous but at times we are given wee reminders,” Charlie said.
Family member, James Boyle was exceptionally grateful that his brother was returned home safe.
He said: “He got a bad scare.
“He was exceptionally relieved when he heard Trevor call his name.”
Yesterday afternoon, Charlie was in great spirits.
His ankle was still on ice and he was of the opinion that it may need another x-ray.
“I like to keep busy normally. I am not used to this,” he said laughing.