Rafford farm worker airlifted after being trapped under hay

Two teams from Elgin freed man from bale of hay
Two teams from Elgin freed man from bale of hay

EMERGENCY SERVICES WERE called to a Moray farm on Wednesday after a man became trapped under a hay bail.

An air ambulance was called to Marcassie Farm at Rafford where it was joined by police, ambulance and a 11 fire and rescue officers from Elgin who took 40 minutes to free the injured man.

It has been reported that the incident happened when the hay bale fell from a tractor, trapping the man by his legs. When firefighters managed to free the 30-year-old victim he was flown to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness – his injuries were not life-threatening.

Police said they received a call at 3.50pm and joined other services in the rescue mission. A spokesman for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said that two appliances had been despatched to the farm just north of Rafford, the 11 firefighters manually lifting the hay bale from the injured man.

The rescue was completed by 4.20pm.