John Brennan reflects on the frightening accident that could have claimed his life, the third incident in two weeks on the Northern Rivers, one of which proved fatal.
John Brennan reflects on the frightening accident that could have claimed his life, the third incident in two weeks on the Northern Rivers, one of which proved fatal. Blainey Woodham

Close shave in mower mishap

THE partner of a man injured in the third mower accident on the Northern Rivers in the past fortnight says he must have a guardian angel watching over him.

John Brennan, 64, cut it a little too close on his ride-on mower on Wednesday, falling 2m down an embankment at Burringbar.

The mower landed on top of him, trapping his leg.

He suffered concussion and needed stitches to injuries on his left leg, right arm and head.

His partner Serena Dolinska said she was surprised to have him home already after he spent less than 48 hours in Tweed Hospital.

Seeing him pinned under the mower had made her fear he may have permanent brain damage.

"He kept repeating himself, 'Was I on the mower? Where did it happen?'," Ms Dolinska said.

"He's lucky to be alive all right, he could have been a vegetable or a quadriplegic.

"He sure has a guardian angel with him."

Mr Brennan said he couldn't believe he'd been so foolish.

"I don't know what I was doing, going so close to the edge there, must have lost concentration.

"The bloody thing nearly killed me.

"The ambulance and the hospital were so good though, I'm really grateful to them."

The accident followed the tragic death last month of Mullumbimby resident Cliff Jones.

Mr Jones, 67, was found dead on March 29 in the Ocean Shore Country Club dam.

It is believed he was mowing at a private residence that adjoins the club when his half-tonne mower rolled, causing him to fall in the dam.

As well as running his own lawn-mowing business Mr Jones had worked as a barman and waiter at the club since 1971.

Just over a week later, an elderly man sustained cuts to his chest in Uki after falling beside a mower.

He was recovering in hospital this week.



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