Two-year-old Darcy Membrey who died in farm accident remembered as ‘cheeky little rascal’
On Christmas Day, two-year-old Darcy Membrey got his first bicycle.
Just four months shy of his third birthday, the vivacious toddler was preparing for one of life’s early milestones — learning to ride a bike.
But Darcy never got that opportunity.
On Wednesday, the child was killed in a farm accident on his family’s property at Naringal in south-west Victoria.
Darcy’s uncle Matt Culka said the incident was a tragedy that had left the family devasted.
“[Darcy] spent nearly every day of his life on the farm with his dad or his grandparents,” Mr Culka said.
“Darcy was working with his dad … and was in the machinery shed and one of the bits of machinery has toppled over and [he] happened to be behind it and underneath it and it’s crushed him.
“It’s been devastating for Travis and Sasha, [his] mum and dad [and] the grandparents Bruce and Maureen.”
Darcy’s uncle Matt Culka has travelled up from Melbourne and is amazed at how close-knit the community is. (ABC South West Vic: Matt Neal)
Darcy’s grandparents, their two sons and their families, including seven of their nine grandchildren, all live and work on the property.
Mr Culka said they would forever remember the vibrant little boy.
“Darcy was a cheeky little rascal,” his uncle said.
“He was a bubbly little kid. He loved fixing things and pulling things apart.
“He loved the farm, he loved being outside with his dad; he was a bubbly, happy little kid.”
‘Tight-knit’ community’s ‘wonderful support’
Naringal is a dairy farming area about 20 kilometres east of Warrnambool, and the town itself boasts little more than a church and a CFA shed.
In a community where everybody knows everybody, the Membreys are particularly well known, having worked their farm for generations.
An air ambulance flew to the Membrey farm but was unable to save the boy. (ABC South West Vic: Matt Neal)
“The community’s been fantastic,” Mr Culka said.
“There’s been a flow of people this morning coming to visit and bring food.
“I’m from Melbourne [and] it amazes me just how close-knit they are.
“Thanks to the community for their wonderful support and to the emergency services who worked as long as they could but there was nothing they could do.”
Worksafe is investigating the incident and the police are preparing a report for the coroner.