SPECTATORS flocked to a bog near Greencastle to help rescue a digger that was sinking from sight.
The drama began last Thursday close to Davagh Forest, on the road to Draperstown, when the digger began to sink as it was being used to drive posts into the ground for fencing.
It was eventually freed from the ground five days later on Tuesday, and amazingly after being cleaned the engine was started and the digger was ready for action again.
A man living nearby, who asked not to be named, watched the situation unfold.
He said, “Two diggers and five tractors were used in the operation with one main digger to pull it free. Dozens of people turned up to watch and help. At one stage there also was a smaller digger bogged which took nearly a day to take out.”
Describing the rescue operation as “dramatic’ the witness added, “They used chains and winches to keep it in position overnight before resuming work the next day. The digger was filled with water, and weighing 150 tonnes, had to be slid out.
“It was impressive to see it being hoisted back to solid land, under the guidance of a man called Rogers from Draperstown who has done this sort of operation before.”