An unnamed mother has drowned and her six-year-old son is missing. A search has now been called off after a family’s fishing trip to a Massachusetts river turned into a tragedy
A mother has died and her six-year-old son is missing after wading into a river to save him after he fell in.
A family of six fishing trip to the Merrimack River in Massachusetts turned into tragedy on Thursday when the unnamed mother was confirmed dead and a search failed to find her six-year-old son.
A major operation involving multiple agencies, including the US Coast Guard, searched for the youth, with the search becoming a salvage operation, and then was suspended at 5 p.m. Friday.
US authorities said responders covered 228 square miles for 69 miles in search of the boy.
The unnamed family fished and swam at Deer Island, a shared recreation area between Amesbury and Newburyport.
The 31-year-old father was walking back to get something from the car when the missing boy fell into the water and was swept away by the current, officials said.
Then the boy’s 29-year-old mother and a seven-year-old sister tried to help, but they too were caught up in the vortex, Massachusetts State Police said.
At this point the father, after coming back from the car, went into the water and struggled as well. and unable to reach her, he managed to get back to shore.
A “Good Samaritan” on a boat in the water was able to pull the seven-year-old out of the water but was unable to get her mother on board, and when she was finally rescued she was unresponsive.
Only the six-year-old boy was not found and the search finally had to be called off.
“Putting on a search and rescue case is always a difficult decision, and even more painful when children are involved,” said Capt. Kailie Benson, commander of the Coast Guard’s Boston Sector.
“Given the extensive search efforts by the Coast Guard and numerous state and local agencies, as well as local conditions, I have made the decision to suspend the search for the missing six-year-old boy.
“Our prayers are with the family and friends of the boy and the mother at this time.”
US Coast Guard specified : “The Coast Guard suspended its search for a missing six-year-old boy in Merrimack River at 5 p.m. Friday pending new information.
Coast Guard Sector Boston Wardens received a call around 7:15 p.m. Thursday reporting that six people, two adults and four children, had fallen into the water while fishing at Deer Island.
“Two people, an adult woman and a child, were rescued by a good Samaritan and handed over to the emergency services for treatment and taken to Anna Jacques Hospital.
“Three people, an adult man and two children, were recovered by the Amesbury Police Department and handed over to Ambulance for treatment and taken to the Seabrook Emergency Department.
“The adult female was recovered as unresponsive and later pronounced deceased.
“The six-year-old boy is still missing at this time.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/us-news/mum-drowns-heroic-bid-save-27205038 Mother drowns heroically trying to save her 6-year-old son, who is still missing, after falling into a river