A 13-year-old boy from County Cork has been praised for his heroism after his quick reaction helped to save his father’s life on the family farm.

Brian Philpott came to the aid of his father Declan Philpott, a dairy farmer from Coolroemore, Lyre, Banteer, and his quick thinking and calmness under pressure averting a potentially fatal accident.

While Declan was attaching an agitator to the PTO shaft on his tractor something went wrong and he became trapped.

His ribs were crushed by the farm equipment, restricting his ability to breathe, and it was not long before he lost consciousness.

Brian, a first year student at Pobalscoil Sráid a’Mhuilinn in Millstreet saw that his father was in trouble and realised there was no time to lose.

Brian was able to release the pressure from around his father’s ribcage and this enabled him to pull Declan to safety.

Brian alerted the emergency services and his father spent two days recovering from his ordeal in Cork University Hospital.

Kanturk Fire & Rescue who attended the scene paid tribute to Brian and his foresight and quick response in a life threatening situation.

He stressed the importance of working in the company of another person while on the farm, to check everything is in order, and to take your time, as rushing things may lead to farm accidents.