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Old 04-03-2020, 07:05 PM   #1
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Robert F Kennedy's granddaughter and her son missing after boating

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Two members of the Kennedy family have gone missing after boating on Chesapeake Bay on Thursday evening, a family spokesperson confirmed.

Robert F Kennedy's granddaughter Maeve Kennedy McKean and her eight-year-old son, Gideon, were last seen after they took a canoe out on the water before they went missing.

"At this time our family asks for privacy and that everyone keep Maeve and Gideon in their prayers," a statement from a family spokesman read.

The mother-son duo were last seen floating just a few miles off the shore around 4.30pm on Thursday, according to a press release from the Anne Arundel County Fire Department.
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Old 04-03-2020, 10:07 PM   #3
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https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/04/...hesapeake-bay/

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Daughter, grandson of Kathleen Kennedy Townsend presumed dead after going missing in Chesapeake Bay

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Kathleen Kennedy Townsend’s 41-year-old daughter and 8-year-old grandson were presumed dead Friday after they disappeared while boating the day before in Maryland, according to a statement from the family.
Maeve Fahey Kennedy Townsend, 41, and her son, 8-year-old Gideon were believed to have died as searchers suspended efforts after more than a day of scouring the Chesapeake Bay, Kennedy Townsend’s husband, David McKean, said in a statement posted to Facebook on Friday night.
“Despite heroic efforts by the Coast Guard and many state and local authorities, the decision has now been made to suspend the active rescue effort,” McKean said. “The search that began yesterday afternoon went on throughout the night and continued all day today. It is now dark again. It has been more than 24 hours, and the chances they have survived are impossibly small. It is clear that Maeve and Gideon have passed away.”

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https://buoybay.noaa.gov/locations/annapolis

Water temperature 51F. Staying overnight in a canoe on the Chesapeake seems unlikely. Looks really bad.
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Water temperature 51F. Staying overnight in a canoe on the Chesapeake seems unlikely. Looks really bad.
Was the father watching them as they chased the ball?
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This happened in Maryland waters, right?

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Old 04-04-2020, 06:57 AM   #7
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This happened in Maryland waters, right?

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It would appear so. The release was from the Ann Arundel country fire department, and that's the county around Annapolis.


Why?


What a shame, regardless of who it happens too.
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The deadline for stay at home had already come?

Maybe an exercise outing? If permitted?
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Paddling a boat is a specific exemption.
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It happened at her home in Shady Side, MD. About 25 mile south of Annapolis. It was windy out and they were unable to overcome wind pushing them away from shore.

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I first thought the same thing, i.e. weren't the waters closed to recreational boating? But reading a bit more, it seems the situation was the family were playing ball in their yard when the ball accidentally went out into the water and started blowing away. They "popped into" a canoe to chase it down (spur of the moment) but were overcome by wind or waves and could not get back.

Not saying it was a smart move (obviously given the tragic outcome), but it's not like they were on a planned boating day flouting the rules.

I grew up near a lake and well remember the "Oh, no, the ball!" moments as it took off and we grabbed a raft or boat to go after it. Difference being it was more like a small pond and not the Potomac. (OTOH, how we didn't maim each other when swimming and playing with motorboats I have no idea.)
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I wanted to add a correction. The article I read last night referred to the Potomac (maybe because they live in the DC area). However, according to The Washington Post, they were isolating at her parents' house - which is south of Annapolis - and their yard is on a sheltered cove, not right on the Chesapeake Bay. Still somehow they did get into an area that was not conducive to canoeing that day.
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I wanted to add a correction. The article I read last night referred to the Potomac (maybe because they live in the DC area). However, according to The Washington Post, they were isolating at her parents' house - which is south of Annapolis - and their yard is on a sheltered cove, not right on the Chesapeake Bay. Still somehow they did get into an area that was not conducive to canoeing that day.
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Thanks, Pilou. Looks/sounds as though the sheltered cove was pretty close to more open water. What a sad event.
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Thanks, Pilou. Looks/sounds as though the sheltered cove was pretty close to more open water. What a sad event.
Yes very sad, a horrific tragedy...
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https://www.wbaltv.com/article/polic...tinue/32059326

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SHADY SIDE, Md. —
The Maryland Natural Resources Police announced Monday the body of former Maryland Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend's daughter was recovered, while the search for her grandson continues.
According to officials, just after 5:30 p.m., the Charles County Dive and Rescue team found Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean's body in 25-feet-deep water, and about 2 1/2 miles south of her mother's residence in Shady Side.

Police said McKean and her 8-year-old son, Gideon, disappeared last Thursday evening near Herring Bay.
A spokesperson for Gov. Larry Hogan's office said the governor was briefed and the family was notified.
Officials said they will resume the search for Gideon on Tuesday.
This report will be updated.
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I was in 3rd grade when JFK was assassinated. Our teacher started to cry and since we all loved her, the entire class started to cry. My parents cried, my older sister cried. This was followed by 3 days of immersion into the train carrying his body and then the funeral procession. Yes it affected me as I’m sure it did many in this audience. I also had to fight back tears when John-Johns plane went down. If I recall correctly a granddaughter committed suicide a year or two back.

The tragedies this family faces just never seem to end. Every time I hear about another sad story I am brought back to my 3rd grade classroom.
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