Mother dies, 6-year-old missing in river after family fishing trip, officials say


NEWBURYPORT, Mass. (Gray News) – A family outing while fishing at Deer Island turned tragic after a mother died and her 6-year-old son disappeared in the Merrimack River on Thursday.

The U.S. Coast Guard reports Boston Coast Guard Sector observers received a call around 7 p.m. reporting that six people, two adults and four children, had fallen into the water while fishing on Deer Island. .

Officials said two people, a woman and a child, were picked up by a good Samaritan and transferred to emergency medical services for treatment. They were taken to Anna Jacques Hospital.

Three other family members, a man and two children, were recovered by Amesbury Police Department. They were transferred to EMS for treatment and taken to Seabrook ER.

However, the coast guard said the woman was found unresponsive and later died, while rescuers were unable to locate the family’s 6-year-old child and put their search on hold. boy Friday at 5 p.m.

“It’s always a difficult decision to put a search and rescue case on hold, and even more painful when children are involved,” said Boston Coast Guard Sector Captain Kailie Benson. “Given the intensive search efforts of the Coast Guard and numerous state and local agencies, as well as the conditions on site, I have made the decision to suspend the search for the missing 6-year-old boy. Our prayers are with the family and friends of the boy and his mother during this time.”

More than a dozen agencies participated in the search for the child.

The Coast Guard urged anyone with new information about the incident to call Boston Sector at 617-223-3201.

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