Daily Archives: August 11, 2015

Iowa father, son die from manure pit fumes

By: Grant Rodgers and Donnelle Eller, The Des Moines Register

DES MOINES, Iowa — A father and his son who were so close that they were “like glue” were killed Saturday by noxious fumes from an Iowa hog manure pit — the second father and son in the Midwest to die of poisonous manure pit gases this month.

Gene Opheim, 58, and his son, Austin Opheim, 32, both of Cylinder, Iowa, were rescued from the pit after the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office received a report of two men submerged at 1:50 p.m. Saturday. Both were pronounced dead at a hospital in Emmetsburg.