Probe after schoolboy impaled

Thursday, 13 July 2017

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AN INVESTIGATION is to be launched after a Portstewart schoolboy was impaled by a metal rod that had been temporarily erected for the Irish Open.
A spokesperson for the European Tour has confirmed they will be looking into the circumstances which led to the incident alongside Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council.
Natalie Pateva was at work when she discovered her 11-year old son, Ryan, had fallen on an uncapped rod which made its way four-inches into his right thigh at Warren Park in Portstewart.
The schoolboy had been at the children's play area with his grandmother, younger brothers and his friends on Wednesday, July 5, when the incident happened.
The poles had been erected at the playing fields by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council for the Irish Open golf championship to accommodate any overspill parking spaces at the event.
Natalie said: "It was so scary because we didn't know where the pole had punctured - if it was just a few centimetres up it could have been so much worse. Thank God that wasn't the case."
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