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Gardai led search for child

Gardai led search for child

Gardai led search for child

A six-year-old boy has died after he was found unresponsive in a stream near his home.

The child, named locally as Louie Fang, was reported missing by his parents only minutes after he wandered off from his home in Ballina, Co Mayo.

He had been playing on waste ground at Rehins Fort when he fell into the stream near a fast-flowing river.

Rescuers managed to take him from the water and administered CPR before he was rushed to hospital.

The accident happened at about 1.30pm yesterday.

The child was pronounced dead at Mayo University Hospital, Castlebar, at around 6.30pm.

Tragic

Superintendent Joe Doherty, head of the Ballina District, expressed his sympathy to the family and the local community for what he described as "a tragic accident".

He said immense praise was due to civilians and members of the rescue services as well as to garda personnel who took part in the rescue operation.

A search involving local gardai and residents immediately swung into action after the alarm was raised.

They walked the banks of the River Moy at the back of the housing estate.

Th child was found in an unresponsive state about an hour later in a stream leading to the river.

Local Independent councillor Mark Duffy said the town was "devastated".

He said the boy's parents are well-known locally and own the local Ocean Palace Chinese restaurant.

"It's absolutely tragic," he told The Herald last night. "The whole town is devastated.

"With everything else that's going on, it's a very difficult piece of news.

"Anyone who has heard the news is stunned. To make matters worse, the community cannot physically come together to support the family."

One local mother spoke of her distress.

"It's unspeakable. A beautiful boy from a beautiful family. There are no words for this. It's a nightmare," he said.


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