Tractor accident victim loved farming

Last updated 05:00 24/11/2012

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A Southland man killed in a tractor accident near Millers Flat on Thursday will be remembered for his love of farming.

Stewart Bath, 59, of Forest Hill, died after the tractor he was driving toppled down a bank while he was raking and baling hay.

Mr Bath, a rural real estate agent, was working on his sons' farm when the incident happened about 5pm.

Emergency services were called to the remote site but efforts to revive him failed.

The family had taken some comfort knowing he was doing something he loved.

Federated Farmers Otago president Stephen Korteweg said accidents often happened when people were put to work on tractors without being trained, had little experience or when tractor drivers were suffering from fatigue.

However, that did not look to be the case in Mr Bath's death and he unfortunately had just "been caught out", Mr Korteweg said.

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