Golf in state of shock as 20-year-old man dies at Celtic Manor

Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir March 4, 2015 11:08

A 20-year-old man has died at Celtic Manor Resort in Wales after the spraying vehicle he was in rolled into one of the club’s lakes.

Ollie Floyd, who was an operator for Complete Weed Control and also a member of Ross on Wye RFC, died yesterday morning, while on what is believed to have been an agricultural sprayer.

Celtic Manor is one of the UK’s premier golf clubs and hosted the Ryder Cup in 2010.

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Celtic Manor Resort

 

Fellow staff spotted him in the lake and dived in, and managed to drag him to the water’s edge. They described the water as ‘freezing’. Emergency services were also called and Floyd was rushed to Newport’s Royal Gwent Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

A 46-year-old man was also in the sprayer and last night was being treated for minor injuries.

A golf club spokesman said: “The Celtic Manor Resort can confirm that a serious accident took place on its Twenty Ten Course at around 7.50am.

“The accident resulted in one person being taken to the Royal Gwent Hospital in a critical condition. The incident is currently subject to an investigation which the Celtic Manor Resort is co-operating with fully.

“The resort is unable to comment further at this stage. Our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time.”

A spokesman for Complete Weed Control added: “It is with great regret that we can confirm one of our operatives, Ollie Floyd, yesterday died at the Celtic Manor resort following an incident which saw a spraying vehicle roll into a lake on the Twenty Ten Course.

“The incident is clearly subject to an ongoing investigation which Complete Weed Control and Celtic Manor are co-operating with fully.

“Our thoughts are with the family at this extremely sad and very difficult time.

“A further statement will be issued in due course.”

Staff were given check-ups at the site and a spokesman for South Wales Fire and Rescue Service said its crews had ‘assisted paramedics in assessing members of staff who had gone in to the water to assist with the rescue’.

A spokesman for Gwent Police said: “Gwent Police together with Newport City Council’s health and safety team from the environmental health department are carrying out enquiries into the incident.”

In a tribute on its Facebook page, Ross on Wye RFC informed its members about the tragedy.

It said: “People. It’s with great sadness that I have to inform you that Ollie Floyd was killed in a tragic accident this morning.

“On your behalf I would like to offer our condolences to Haley, Nick, Tom and all members of the family.

“A great friend and clubman to us all. RIP my friend. Always a legend never will be forgotten.”

The golfing community also took to social media to express its shock and sadness over the news.

Jaime Acton, the course manager at Rushmore Golf Club, tweeted: ‘So sad to hear about the young greenkeeper who died today whilst carrying out his work at Celtic Manor. Thoughts must go to his loved ones’.

Turf industry writer Ellie Parry wrote: ‘Distressing to hear of the awful tragedy at Celtic Manor – my thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved’.

Glynhir Golf Club stated: ‘Our thoughts are with everybody concerned following the tragic accident at Celtic Manor this morning’.

 

Alistair Dunsmuir
By Alistair Dunsmuir March 4, 2015 11:08
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