Ireland Boy, 5, dies after plunging into icy river and being dragged downstream for FOUR miles in Co Antrim

23:35  10 february  2018
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A five-year-old boy has died after falling into an icy river and being dragged downstream for roughly four miles.

Kayden McGowen has been named locally as the schoolboy who fell into the Braid river in Ballymena, Co Antrim at around 1pm today.

Emergency services were soon alerted with police helicopters involved in a massive search operation.

The boy, a pupil at Harryville Primary School, was rescued from the river at 3pm some two miles away and flown by air ambulance to the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children, where he sadly died.

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They said: "Please remember the McGowan family in your thoughts and prayers at this very sad time as they mourn the loss of wee Kayden. The whole school community is remembering you at this sad time."

Crews from the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service and the Community Rescue Service were also involved in the operation which began at the Ecos Centre, a nature park off the Broughshane Road.

An ambulance spokesman said: "The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service was alerted to an incident today at 13:04 following reports that a 5-year-old boy had fallen into the River Braid in Ballymena.

"NIAS dispatched an A&E crew, a BASICS doctor and the Air Ambulance to the scene to assist in a multi-agency search and rescue for the boy."

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It is understood the river's current carried the boy for several miles before he was rescued from the freezing water near the Galgorm Castle Golf Club.

An ambulance spokesman said: "The child has been recovered from the water and at 15:04 and was airlifted by air ambulance to the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children.

"The thoughts of all involved in the rescue are with the young boy and his family."

Regional commander of the Community Rescue Service, Sean McCarry, told the BBC that the boy "accidentally fell into the River Braid near the Ecos Centre at Ballymena and was quickly swept downstream".

SDLP councillor for the area Declan O'Loan said his thoughts are with the McGowan family at this time.

He said: "I want to extend my deepest sympathy to the family of young Kayden, I can't imagine what they are going through at this time.

"I also want to extend my deepest sympathies to the entire Harryville Primary School community who are suffering the loss of one of their pupils."

Ulster Unionist Councillor for Ballymena Stephen Nicholl said: "This was a very unfortunate incident, but tribute must be paid to all of the emergency services involved.

"Every one of them, the police, fire and rescue, community rescue, paramedics, because this was a major operation. My thoughts are with the family of the young boy and this very difficult time."

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