A book of condolence has opened at a Co Antrim primary school following the death of a five-year-old boy.

Kayden Fleck died in hospital after falling into the River Braid in Ballymena near the Ecos Centre on Saturday.

His parents Leanne and Darrel paid tribute to their “happy-go-lucky” son “who just melted your heart”.

The tragedy is understood to have unfolded when Kayden and twin brother Jayden were playing by the River Braid.

Kayden, a pupil at Harryville Primary School, accidentally fell into the icy cold, fast-flowing water near Skye Park at around 1pm and was swept more than four miles downstream.

A major rescue operation was launched and after an extensive search, Kayden was recovered from the river near Tullygarley Bridge some two hours later.

He was airlifted to hospital, where he later passed away.

Harryville Primary School has opened a book of condolence for the child. It will be open on Monday and Tuesday from 12pm until 6pm.

The school said there will also be a donation box and tea and coffee available.

PACEMAKER BELFAST 12/02/2018 A book of condolence has been opened at Harryville Primary School for young Kayden Fleck.

PACEMAKER BELFAST 12/02/2018 A book of condolence has been opened at Harryville Primary School for young Kayden Fleck. PACEMAKER BELFAST 12/02/2018 A book of condolence has been opened at Harryville Primary School for young Kayden Fleck. Harryville Primary Principal Mrs Leslie Meikle takes a minute to read some of the messages. PACEMAKER BELFAST 12/02/2018 A book of condolence has been opened at Harryville Primary School for young Kayden Fleck. PACEMAKER BELFAST 12/02/2018 A book of condolences has been opened at Harryville Primary School for young Kayden Fleck. Sarah McCullough who was one of Kayden’s teachers in Harryville Primary School. PACEMAKER BELFAST 12/02/2018 A book of Condolences has been opened at Harryville Primary School for young Kayden Fleck. Jamie McDowell seen writing her message. PACEMAKER BELFAST 12/02/2018 A book of Condolences has been opened at Harryville Primary School for young Kayden Fleck. PACEMAKER BELFAST 12/02/2018 A book of condolence has been opened at Harryville Primary School for young Kayden Fleck. Natalie Coyle writes in the book of condolence at Harryville Primary School. PACEMAKER BELFAST 12/02/2018 A book of Condolences has been opened at Harryville Primary School for young Kayden Fleck. PACEMAKER BELFAST 12/02/2018 A book of Condolences has been opened at Harryville Primary School for young Kayden Fleck. Colm Best who called into the school pictured leaving his message in the book of condolences. Kayden Fleck Kayden Fleck (right) with twin brother Jayden Members of the family of Kayden Fleck visit the scene of the accident

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