Demise of two farmers who died in pig muck while trying to clear a blockage has been ruled an accident

Richard Pooley, 36 and Alexander Forman, 32, fell in when its fumes knocked them out.

Alexander’s partner Lucy Hartlebury-Forman was called to his family’s farm in December 2015 and thought it was a wedding proposal ruse.

She said: “Then I saw his mum in tears.”

His dad Robert said all staff were banned from entering the tank in Holderness, East Yorks.

He told Hull coroner’s court: “I assume one went in and the other tried to rescue him.”

But worker Paul Loftus said he climbed in hours earlier and was not told of the risks.

Slurry gives off lethal gases.

Verdicts: Accident.

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