Farm Press Blog

Farmer cheats death with pocketknife


Table of Contents:

  • In the pantheon of survival stories, Barry Lynch and his pocketknife have claimed a well-deserved spot.

When his leg burst open at the calf, it brought a measure of relief, but the blood began to flow — out and down. “Where he was digging the hole was filling up with blood, so he had to keep swishing the blood away to keep digging the hole,” said Lundon.

All the while, fighting debilitating pain, blood loss and dehydration, Lynch kept digging. After six and a half hours, and an 8-inch hole in the dirt, he pulled his mangled leg free and managed to get the cell phone and call for help. Lynch’s leg injuries were extreme, but he survived the ordeal and is recovering.

In the pantheon of survival stories, Lynch and his pocketknife have claimed a well-deserved spot. Most people would have given up or given in. Not Barry Lynch; he kept digging.

(For more on farming accidents and deaths, see Death on the farm a grim reality of agriculture and Farming tragedy shatters family legacy)


Follow me on Twitter: @CBennett71

Email me:


Blog archive

Investor an agriculture prophet or alarmist?

One honey heist to rule them all

Agriculture and ecology clash over badger cull

Honey bees to rent? Demand will only grow

EPA using guns, body armor to enforce Clean Water Act?

Regulating ourselves to death

PETA blames genital size on chicken wings

Water the commodity gold of 21st century?

Brad Kelley, the farm boy with 1 million acres


Discuss this Blog Entry 0

Post new comment
or register to use your Western Farm Press ID
What's Farm Press Blog?

The Farm Press Daily Blog

Connect With Us

Blog Archive
Continuing Education Courses
The purpose of this course is to give you a review of many aspects of spray drift – from...
Potassium nitrate has a positive effect in controlling plant pests and diseases when applied...
American agriculture exports 20 to 30 percent of its production annually. For specific...

Sponsored Introduction Continue on to (or wait seconds) ×