Ireland 'Unbearable tragedy' as boy (5) dies, twin rescued after falling into river

16:35  11 february  2018
16:35  11 february  2018 Source:   independent.ie

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A five year-old boy has died after falling into a Co Antrim river along with his twin brother.

Kayden McGowan, from Ballymena, was swept for more than three miles after entering the River Braid while on a lunchtime walk with his family.

The incident occurred on the Broughshane Road close to the Ecos Centre at around 1.04pm on Saturday.

His brother, who also fell into the river, was rescued immediately.

Emergency services, including the Northern Ireland air ambulance, recovered Kayden from the water shortly after 3pm and airlifted him to the Royal Victoria Hospital, where he later died.

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A BOY of five died after falling into an icy river and being dragged four miles downstream. The victim, named locally as Kayden McGowan, was pulled from the Braid river after a huge rescue operation at around 1pm on Saturday.

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Last night Harryville Primary School, where Kayden was a pupil, paid tribute to the youngster.

“Please remember the McGowan family in your thoughts and prayers at this very sad time as they mourn the loss of wee Kayden,” a post on Facebook read.

“The whole school community is remembering you at this sad time.”

Last night tributes flooded in over social media for the Ballymena boy.

One mum wrote: “Wee angel taken too soon had his whole life ahead of him.” Another said: “Totally heartbreaking, thoughts and prayers with you.”

Leader of the TUV Jim Allister also wrote on Twitter he offered his "heartfelt sympathy".

"Awful loss for local Ballymena family in today's river tragedy. Heartfelt sympathy at this terrible time. To lose a child must be nigh unbearable. The emergency services were marvellous but it was not to be enough. So sad."

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