RFK granddaughter, 8-year-old son presumed dead as Coast Guard suspends search for missing boaters

The granddaughter of Robert F. Kennedy and her young son are presumed dead in a canoeing accident as the Coast Guard announced it was suspending the search for them in Chesapeake Bay.

As CrimeOnline previously reported.Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean, 40, and Gideon Joseph Kennedy McKean, 8, have been missing since Thursday afternoon when the mother and son got into a canoe to retrieve a ball that had been kicked into the water.

The family had reportedly been staying at the home of Maeve’s mother, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, in Shady Side, Maryland, which is right on the water.

After a ball the children had been kicking fell into Chesapeake Bay, Maeve and Gideon “popped into a canoe to chase it down. They just got farther out than they could handle and couldn’t get back in,” Maeve’s husband David McKean told the Washingon Post.

According to WCVB, rescuers searched for the mother and son for over 24 hours.

Towsend, the fromer Maryland Lt. Governor, said in a statement Friday night that the search for her daughter and grandson was no longer a rescue search but a recovery mission.

“My heart is crushed, yet we shall try to summon the grace of God and what strength we have to honor the hope, energy and passion that Maeve and Gideon set forth into the world,” the statement read. “My family thanks all for the outpouring of love and prayers as we grieve and try to bear this devastating loss.”

Cmdr. Matthew Fine, deputy sector commander Sector Maryland-National Capitol Region command center, said in a statment obtained by the news station that the search was difficult, as was the decision to suspend it.

“Our crews and partners did everything they could to find them. We’ve kept the family informed at every step during the search, and our thoughts are with them tonight.”

Meave is the grandniece of John F. Kennedy, and a public health and human rights lawyer.

“At this time, our family asks for privacy and that everyone keep Maeve and Gideon in their prayers,” the Kennedy family said in a statement obtained by the news station.

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