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Farmer saves 60 piglets from deluge

By Brendan McDaid

A County Tyrone farmer has spoken of his relief after he managed to prevent more than 60 piglets from drowning in floodwater.

Andy Maxwell's farm in Clady, outside Strabane, was one of the worst affected in the floods that swamped Northern Ireland.

The worst hit areas in the region were Sion Mills, Clady, Strabane and its neighbouring border town of Lifford in Co Donegal.

In dramatic scenes Mr Maxwell, his son Colin and 15-year-old grandson, Jason, were forced to launch a six- hour night-time rescue operation in 4ft of water.

The livestock farmer said the flooding was the worst he has seen since moving onto his Bellspark Road farm in 1964.

Speaking at the scene yesterday, Mr Maxwell said: "My son called into me at around 7.30pm. He said, 'C'mon quick, we are in trouble down in the yard where the pigs are'." Mr Maxwell said he knew he would have to swing into action to save the piglets.

He said: "The wee pigs were just swimming with their wee heads up above the water and their wee legs going. We got them all out and we did a great job to save the ones we did. They were shivering with cold. Five of them died."

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