A teenager tried unsuccessfully to prevent his father from being attacked by a water buffalo – but both were killed by the wild beast on the family farm, an investigation said today.
Wealthy entrepreneur Ralph Jump (57) and son Peter (19) were crushed to death by the giant animal in Gwehelog, Monmouthshire, Wales, where the family ran a business selling buffalo milk soap.
Mr Jump’s daughter, Isabel, was also injured last month in the attack by one of the herds.
Peter Jump (left), 19, was fatally injured when his father Ralph (right, with a water buffalo), 57, was crushed to death by the giant animal that raged on their farm in Gwehelog, Monmouthshire, Wales.
One of their buffaloes escaped his pen and attacked the couple and daughter Isabel while trying to get it back to safety on the farm (photo)
Mr. Jump’s daughter, pictured in the photo, was also injured in the attack on the family’s farm
Gwent coroner Paul Richardson told the court that the father – known as Jon – “entered a field on his farm home” where they made the fashionable soap.
He said, “Grazing in the field were water buffaloes when he entered.
Mister Jump was attacked by one of the buffaloes and sustained fatal injuries.
“Peter had come to the rescue of his attacked father.”
But Peter “sustained serious injuries” when he entered the field. His sister Isabel, 22, suffered leg injuries.
Company director Mr Jump was pronounced dead on site on their farm on May 5.
Peter was airlifted to the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff, but died ‘later in the evening’.
The court was told that none of the deaths involved “no suspicious circumstances.”
Peter’s mother Jo was described as “devastated” after losing both her son and her husband.
Father-of-three Mr. Jump – who was recovering from a heart attack last year – rented the idyllic farm near Usk, Gwent, to start a sustainable buffalo soap business with his family.
Mr Jump – director of a heating company – together with his youngest two children farmed the buffalo by hand on their three-hectare farm.
Daughter Isabel organized the sale of the hand-wrapped bars of perfumed soap – and the Bufalina Soap Company started selling them before Christmas.
Son Peter worked full-time on the family farm, while older brother Sam is a talented musician and aspiring songwriter.
But their green business dreams were shattered when one of the buffaloes attacked their picturesque Wye Vallley farm.
The buffalo has now been placed.
Ralph died on the spot on May 5 before Peter (right) died of his injuries the following day. Isabel (center), 22, sustained leg injuries but was released from the hospital while the buffalo was destroyed. Left: Other son Sam is a musician
Father of three Mr Jump (left), who was recovering from a heart attack last year, rented the farm near Usk to start a sustainable buffalo (right) soap business
Neighbors described it as “a terrible shock when ambulances and police suddenly showed up,” as pictured last month
Mr Jump was MD of the Wunda Group, based in nearby Caldicot, Gwent. The company supplies heating equipment and employs 56 people, but is locked.
The farm is the foundation of The Bufalina Soap Company and sells a range of perfumed buffalo soap from £ 4 to £ 42.
The company says, “We make our soap with the milk from our herd of Mediterranean water buffalo, located in the Welsh Marches.
This buffalo breed is known all over the world for its dairy products such as mozzarella, gelato and ice cream. The richness of the milk makes it ideal for making a creamy, luxurious and soft soap, leaving the skin feeling soft and hydrated.
Our unscented and fragrant soaps (made primarily with essential oils and a few with perfumes) are all free from palm oil, parabens, petrochemicals – made only from water buffalo milk, coconut oil, olive oil, sunflower oil, beeswax and shea butter. ‘
The buffalo, similar to the one in the photo, was put down after the shocking attack on father and son last month
The investigation into their death was opened and suspended in Newport, but it was learned that there were no suspicious circumstances.
Senior coroner for Gwent Caroline Saunders said the circumstances surrounding both deaths were “unnatural.”
She said Peter Jump’s death was “in line” with Ralph Jump’s death, but said there will be separate investigations that will be held at the same time.
A family friend said after the tragedy, “Jon spent his life in a shirt and tie, but he loved to put on his rain boots to get stuck on the farm. He was as happy there as everything. ‘
Family members raised money in memory of the father and son for the Wales Air Ambulance who tried to rescue them both, while Mr. Jump’s brother, Richard, said he had lost his “best friend” and “great cousin” and described the loss as’ surreal ‘and insurmountable’.
He said, “Thank you very much for all your thoughts in an extremely difficult and tragic time for Jo and Jonny’s family in the first place — and then for the rest of us.
“I can also share only from my own feelings – the loss of my best friend Jonny and our wonderful Pete, my cousin, and it’s really very surreal and insurmountable right now.
“Thank you very much for the great support and all our thoughts always on Jo and the family.
“No more flowers please, because Jo’s house is full and doesn’t fit anymore. So now only a contribution to the Wales Air Ambulance – should anyone need it.
“I love you all and thank you once again X.”
The investigations were adjourned until August 2021.