Tributes paid after teenager dies on farm

Tributes have been pouring in for a teenage farm worker who died on Friday after suffocating in a 50-feet high silo tower following a tragic accident.

Nineteen-year-old Zach Fox died at the scene, at Deanfoot Farm, which overlooks Denholm.

He is understood to have fallen into the tower and became trapped. Emergency services were alerted shortly after 9am.

Fire crews from Hawick and Jedburgh raced to the remote farm and cut a hole in the tower using a turning saw.

They managed to retrieve his body and paramedics were on hand to assist, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The farm, owned by Peter Manners, was sealed off as an investigation got under way.

Tributes started to appear on social networking sites, with Alison posting on Facebook: “Devastating news, my thoughts are with the family x.”

And from Maria: “very sad news indeed, my thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends, Rest in peace, Zach.”

It is not known whether the silo was storing grain or fermented feed known as silage at the time of the tragedy.

A spokesman for Police Scotland said: “Enquiries into the full circumstances surrounding this incident are ongoing and officers are currently liaising with the Health and Safety Executive.”