The body of a five-year-old has been recovered in Tourmakeady this morning.

An extensive search operation has been stood down on the north western section of Lough Mask after the boy’s remains were found at around 8:30am.

The child is from the local area and is understood to have fallen from a dinghy which may have drifted from the shoreline at Treen, Tourmackeady.

Midwest News understands that the child is the youngest of five siblings and entered the water after he had been playing with his siblings on the dinghy.

The alarm was raised at 6.30pm yesterday evening when the small craft was spotted in the water.

Gardaí and the Coast Guard service and the Corrib Mask Search and Rescue team were involved in the operation, with locals also offering assistance.

The Sligo and Shannon-based Coast Guard Helicopters conducted aerial surveys of the lake last night, with search teams also working to locate the boy, on water and from the shore.

The search continued into the night and resumed at 6am this morning.

Divers from the Grainne Uaile Sub Aqua Club Search and Recovery team also searched the water last night.

Local councillor Michael Kilcoyne expresses his condolences to the family.

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