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26th JANUARY 1989
 
 

LUCKY TO ESCAPE

   
Safe and sound teeagers John and leslie


Safe, sound and cleaned up – Leslie Davies, left and John Williams

Saron teenager John Williams was rescued by firemen after sinking up to his waist in a slurry pit, near Wernos Washery on Sunday.

John, of Cefn Crug, was rabbit hunting with cousin Leslie Davies, of Dyffryn Road , Ammanford, and his pet dog Jessie, when he suddenly began to sink.

“I was following the dog because he is only a puppy and doesn't listen, I'm trying to train him. Suddenly I just started sinking,” said John.

Leslie ran to his cousin's aid but soon both seventeen-year-olds found themselves stuck in the thick black slurry.

The two boys made several attempts to get each other out before Leslie managed to scramble free.

He ran to a nearby farm to call the fire brigade. A six man crew arrived from Ammanford and managed to free john using ropes.

Safe back home after his 30 minute ordeal John said that he and his cousin regularly went shooting in the area opposite the former Wernos Washery, without any problems.

“People just walk along there with their dogs, there are two paths there and it is easy to get to,” said John.

But both British Coal and Dyfed-Powys police have warned people to avoid industrial land.

A spokesman at Ammanford fire station said: “We would urge members of the public to take great care when going near slurry pits because of the obvious dangers.”

And a British Coal spokesman added: “This is an appeal we make regularly for young people not to stray onto industrial areas where there are inherent dangers.”

Work has already started to reclaim the area where the boys stumbled into the slurry pits.

STORY:
OWEN MORGAN

PHOTO:
PETER EVANS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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