Rugby Death: Trio Tried To Save Dog
Rugby Death: Trio Tried To Save Dog, Ulster rugby star Nevin Spence died along with his brother and father after trying to save the family pet. Tragic rugby trio died trying to save dog, The three men drowned in the slurry tank on their family farm in Hillsborough, County Down, on Saturday evening.
Family members have since explained that father Noel fell into the tank while trying to save his pet dog, with his two sons killed while trying to rescue their dad.
All three were overcome by toxic fumes in the incident, with sister Emma – who was present at the accident – also suffering from fume inhalation.
Emma Spence has since been released from hospital.
Grieving family members said in a statement released by their church: “The families of Noel, Graham and Nevin Spence are trying very hard to come to terms with their tragic loss.
“The three men were very close to each other in life, and that love was expressed in their final moments trying to help one another.
“The family is being supported and comforted by other family members, friends and neighbours.
“Arrangements for a thanksgiving service for the three is currently under way and details will appear in the press in due course.”
The 22-year-old Nevin, who played centre for Irish province Ulster, played an exhibition game for the Irish senior team against the Barbarians this year, but had not made his full competitive debut.