Man rescued from bog near Portlaoise

There were dramatic scenes last Friday evening, May 25, in Ross bog between Portlaoise and Ballyfin, when an elderly man became trapped under his car in a 15 foot deep bog trench.

There were dramatic scenes last Friday evening, May 25, in Ross bog between Portlaoise and Ballyfin, when an elderly man became trapped under his car in a 15 foot deep bog trench.

Portlaoise firecrew carried out a complicated rescue of the man, believed to be local and aged in his early seventies. He was said to be disorientated following his rescue, and was taken by ambulance to Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise.

The man was trapped for several hours after his car went nose first down a steep incline. It is believed he tried to get out of the car, and was then pinned down by it.

Ambulance crews arrived first on the scene, after they were alerted by turfcutters working on the bog. They in turn called Portlaoise fire crew, who have specialist technical rescue training,

The firecrew rescued the man within 30 minutes of arriving, and then afterwards pulled his car out.

“They lifted the car up with low pressure airbags, it had to be carefully stablised so that it didn’t fall over. They attached a sling to the bucket of a digger on the bog for back-up,” a spokesperson for the fire service explained to the Leinster Express.

It is unknown if the man suffered any injuries in the accident.