A six-year-old boy has died after entering a stream near his home in Co Mayo, police have said.

The schoolboy went missing near his house at Rehins Fort, Ballina at around 1pm on Sunday.

A search involving gardai and local residents of the area was commenced and he was found a short time later in a nearby stream close to the River Moy.

The boy was treated at the scene by garda and emergency service personnel and removed by ambulance to Mayo University Hospital.

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He was later pronounced dead in hospital.

It is understood local gardai are treating the incident as a tragic accident.