Little boy pulled from river and dies in hospital

Little boy pulled from river and dies in hospital

IN COUNTY ANTRIM, a five-year-old boy has died of drowning.

It's believed the child fell into the Braid River and was not seen for a short period of time after.

At approximately 15.04pm, the child was found and pulled out of the river.

The authorities were called and the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service arrived to check the status of the child.

The child was then flown to Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children, where he died of his injuries sustained.

The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service was made aware of the incident at 13.04pm, using a number of vehicles to search for the young boy.

Speaking to the BBC, Sean McCarry of the Community Rescue Service said the child was carried down the river quickly: "Despite valiant efforts by rescuers form PSNI, the Community Rescue Service and NIFRS, the child was carried a considerable distance downstream in the fast flowing river,

He said all services tried their best to find the boy in time: "A police helicopter continuously relayed the child's position to the rescue teams as they frantically leapfrogged each other in attempts to keep up and complete a rescue.

"As a result of the professional coordination of the responding rescuers, a child was recovered some miles downstream and immediately transferred to the awaiting air ambulance."