Wednesday 21 February 2018

Twin (5) drowns in river fall tragedy

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. Stock image
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. Stock image

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.

A PSNI spokesman confirmed the tragic news which happened on the Broughshane Road close to the Ecos Centre at around 1.04pm.

His brother 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.

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."

Sunday Independent

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