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Farmer recounts near death experience

Published:Thursday | October 8, 2015 | 10:00 AM
Edwards White

COMFORT CASTLE, Portland:

IT WAS a life-threatening incident that forced 63-year-old Edward White, a resident and farmer of Comfort Castle in the Rio Grande Valley of Portland, to abandon the practice of hunting wild hogs.

The farmer who recounted that incident gave details as to how he was attacked and pierced by the tusk of the wild pig, leaving him hospitalised for several months.

"I am lucky to be alive. I was having a bath at a river on the morning of August 2007 when a friend came by and urged me to go with him to hunt wild hogs. I agreed, and when we got to the spot far up in the mountain, the animal was lying on the ground with a chop over the right eye. I made my approach cautiously and just as I raised my long knife to stab the hog, he sprung up and pierced me right through the knee," White told Rural Xpress.

The near-life-ending experience was a wake-up call for White, who noted that the same animal became a fierce enemy of several hunters, inflicting injuries to many, while killing dozens of dogs before it finally met its fate.

Today, still haunted by the memory of the narrow escape, White, who is high-spirited, finds time to talk about his near-death experience. The farmer, who pointed out that he is now totally focused on farming, travels approximately four miles to get to his farm - transporting produce on his back to adjoining communities, including Mill Bank and Barracks, to sell to higglers and other residents.

Continuing, White said: "I am happy with my life as a farmer and I have abandoned every intention or thought of going back to hunting wild hogs. The road conditions are bad, however, I am hoping that with the expected repairs to the roadway schedule to begin shortly in Comfort Castle, conditions will improved, so that farmers will be able to transport their produce to market."

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