Mother dies, 6-year-old missing after Merrimack River incident


A woman died and her 6-year-old son remains missing following an incident along the Merrimack River. Investigators said a mother, father and their four children were fishing on Deer Island when two of the children went into the water shortly after 7 pmThe US Coast Guard said it received a report of multiple people in the Merrimack River near the Whittier Bridge on the border between Amesbury and Newburyport. “At the time, it was just the end of high tide, the river can be moving at a quick pace. The area is known for fishing and swimming and other recreation. (There) is a rocky ledge in the river, and it is quite heavily used especially this time of year,” Newburyport Fire Chief Christopher LeClaire said. Authorities said the mother entered the water to retrieve the two children. First responders said the mother was able to bring a 7-year-old girl onto the boat but was not able to hoist herself up.According to first responders, the mother went underwater and did not resurface.Rescuers located the mother and were able to bring her out of the water. She was unresponsive and not breathing. CPR was administered by rescuers on the scene. The woman was taken to a nearby hospital, where she was later pronounced dead. The incident was initially believed to have involved a boat that may have run aground, but authorities now believe the victims were a family who may have been fishing along the edge of the river.”People are known to fish along the edge of the Deer Island ,” LeClaire said. “We believe that’s what they were doing. But it’s just part of the investigation.”First responders in Amesbury, Newburyport and Salisbury joined Massachusetts State Police and the US Coast Guard in the search.

A woman died and her 6-year-old son remains missing following an incident along the Merrimack River.

Investigators said a mother, father and their four children were fishing on Deer Island when two of the children went into the water shortly after 7 pm

The US Coast Guard said it received a report of multiple people in the Merrimack River near the Whittier Bridge on the border between Amesbury and Newburyport.

“At the time, it was just the end of high tide, the river can be moving at a quick pace. The area is known for fishing and swimming and other recreation. (There) is a rocky ledge in the river, and it is quite heavily used especially this time of year,” Newburyport Fire Chief Christopher LeClaire said.

Authorities said the mother entered the water to retrieve the two children. First responders said the mother was able to bring a 7-year-old girl onto the boat but was not able to hoist herself up.

According to first responders, the mother went underwater and did not resurface.

Rescuers located the mother and were able to bring her out of the water. She was unresponsive and not breathing. CPR was administered by rescuers on the scene. The woman was taken to a nearby hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.

The incident was initially believed to have involved a boat that may have run aground, but authorities now believe the victims were a family who may have been fishing along the edge of the river.

“People are known to fish along the edge of the Deer Island,” LeClaire said. “We believe that’s what they were doing. But it’s just part of the investigation.”

First responders in Amesbury, Newburyport and Salisbury joined Massachusetts State Police and the US Coast Guard in the search.

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