Body of missing boy, 5, found in lake after he fell off inflatable boat

The body of a missing five-year-old boy who fell from an inflatable boat was found in a lake after a nightly search.

Police said the child fell in Lough Mask in County Mayo, Ireland at around 6:30 PM Monday evening, after a day of hot weather.

The incident happened near the Toormakeady side of the lake.

The alarm was raised after the inflatable was seen floating in the water empty.

It was previously reported that the boy allegedly fell from an inflatable boat or dinghy that could drift off the shoreline.

The search was called off Monday night and resumed at first light on Tuesday morning when the tragic discovery was made.

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Gardai, the Coast Guard, Civil Defense, Lough Mask Water Rescue and local divers took part in the search operation.

Gardai confirmed that the child’s body recovered from Lough Mask on Tuesday morning.

A Gardas spokesperson said in a statement, “Gardai at Castlebar assisted by Coast Guard, Civil Defense, Lough Mask Water Rescue and local divers can confirm that the search for the five-year-old boy was suspended when his body was recovered from Lough Mask this morning.

“A Garda Siochana asks that all media currently respect the privacy of the family.”

A Shannon Coast Guard helicopter conducted an aerial survey as divers searched for the fry and teams scoured the surface of the lake by boat.

The Lough Mask water rescue team, a local mountain rescue service and locals and divers were involved in the operation, which ended tragically on Tuesday.

Previously, police said the search would continue as long as possible if night fell on Monday and resumed at first light on Tuesday.

Councilor Michael Kilcoyne said Newstalk: “This is terrible news and my heart goes out to his family.

“I can only say that I am devastated to hear this news and it is very traumatic for his family.

“I can only express my condolences to the family and pray for them because they are facing a nightmare.”

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