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Body found in Lough Mask search for missing five-year-old boy

The body of a five-year-old boy has been found after he was reported missing yesterday. It is believed the young boy fell out of a dinghy at Lough Mask in Co Mayo yesterday evening.

The alarm was raised at 6.30pm yesterday after the dinghy was seen floating empty in the water near the Toormakeady side of the lough.

Gardaí in Castlebar assisted by Coast Guard, Civil Defence, Lough Mask Water Rescue and local divers have confirmed that the search operation has been stood down as his body was recovered from Lough Mask this morning.

An Garda Síochána have requested respect the family's privacy.

Local councillor Michael Kilcoyne has expressed his condolences to the family of the boy.

"This is terrible news, and my heart goes out to his family," he said.

"All I can say is I'm devastated to hear this news. It's most traumatic for his family. All I can do is extend my sympathy to the family and say a prayer for them because they are facing a nightmare."

Earlier: Search resumes at Lough Mask for missing five-year-old boy

The search for a boy missing in Co Mayo has resumed this morning.

The five-year-old was last seen at Lough Mask yesterday evening.

It is believed the young boy fell out of a dinghy at the lake yesterday evening.

The alarm was raised at 6.30pm after the dinghy was seen floating empty in the water near the Toormakeady side of the lough.

The Irish Coast Guard helicopter resumed a search of the area at 5.30am today. The Coast Guard operation Is being co-ordinated from Malin Head.

Specialist divers and Civil Defence teams will also continue to be involved in the operation today.