Two New York men die after falling into a manure tank

Two men in New York state have died after falling into a manure tank, local police said.

One of the men tried to retrieve a piece of equipment that had fallen into the tanker, Kirkland police told WKTV.

β€œHe fainted and fell into the tanker,” police said, adding that the second man also fainted and fell into it when he tried to help.

The incident happened Thursday morning at a farm in Kirkland, New York, less than 50 miles east of Syracuse, New York.

According to the Farm Safety Association, decomposing manure can produce a number of gases, including methane, ammonia and carbon dioxide, which can be fatal to people and livestock if ingested in high concentrations.

Authorities identified the men as Nathan Doody, 33, and Tyler Memory, 29, according to the New York Daily News.

Champion Farm workers called authorities for help, but the men were taken to hospital, where they were pronounced dead.

Similar incidents have occurred before. A farmer and thirteen cows died in Wisconsin in 2016 after being overcome by methane or sulfur oxide from a huge manure tank.

An Iowa father and son died after being overcome by fumes in a hog manure pit.