The six year old boy who died tragically in a drowning accident in a stream close to the River Moy in Ballina yesterday has been named locally as Louis Chen.

Shortly after 1pm (Sunday) Gardaí received reports that a child had gone missing from his home at Rehins Fort, Ballina.

Following a search, involving Gardaí and local residents, the boy was rescued a short time later from a nearby stream close to the river Moy.
CPR was administered at the scene and the child was removed to Mayo University Hospital, Castlebar.

He was pronounced dead at about 6.30pm yesterday evening.

Ballina based, Garda Supt Joe Doherty last night expressed his deepest sympathy to the child’s family and the local community for what he described as “a tragic accident”.
He said immense praise was due to the civilians and members of the rescue services, as well as garda personnel who took part in the rescue operation.

The coroner has been notified of the death and a post-mortem examination will take place.

Local councillor Mark Duffy told Midwest News this morning that the local community is devastated and said they are with the bereaved family in spirit, unable to mourn with them directly during this pandemic.

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