Tip News

May 25, 2020

Two missing members of Kennedy family now presumed dead - Tip News

Two missing members of Kennedy family now presumed dead

Two missing members of Kennedy family now presumed dead
'A view of Robert F Kennedy, brother of the late president John F Kennedy ' - By: AFP STAFF

Two members of the Kennedy political dynasty, including a grand-niece of John F. Kennedy, are now presumed dead after they went missing during a canoe trip, the family said Saturday.

It looks to be the latest chapter of heartbreak for a family that has suffered tragedy after tragedy, in the form of untimely deaths, since President Kennedy himself was assassinated in Dallas in 1963.

This time it involves a grand-niece of the late president, Maeve Kennedy McKean, 40, and her eight-year-old son Gideon. They disappeared Thursday while canoeing in the South River in Maryland, near the vast Chesapeake Bay, Governor Larry Hogan said Friday.

The Coast Guard, police and firefighters immediately launched a search but did not find the missing Kennedys.

"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," husband David McKean wrote on Facebook early Saturday.

The rescue operation has now shifted to one of finding the bodies, said Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, the mother and grandmother of the missing two.

Kennedy Townsend, 68, is a former Maryland lieutenant governor, and the daughter of Robert F. Kennedy, the onetime US attorney general in his brother's administration.

RFK was himself slain in 1968 as he campaigned for president five years after his brother's death.

In 1999 John F. Kennedy Jr. and his wife and sister-in-law died when the small plane he was piloting crashed off the Massachusetts coast.

Saoirse Kennedy Hill, a granddaughter of RFK, died of what was ruled an accidental drug overdose last year at age 22.

David Kennedy, a son of Robert, died at age 28 of a cocaine overdose at a Florida hotel in 1984.

Another son of RFK, Michael, died in a skiing accident in Colorado in 1997.

Short link: https://tipnews.com/u/MTI3NTI4

See also:

Related articles

New Zealand PM unruffled as quake hits mid-interview

New Zealand PM unruffled as quake hits mid-interview

A moderate 5.6-magnitude earthquake rattled New Zealand's North Island early Monday but failed to crack Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's trademark composure as she conducted a live television interview.The quake struck just off the coast before 8:00 am local

China says virus pushing US ties to brink of 'Cold War'

China says virus pushing US ties to brink of 'Cold War'

China said Sunday that relations with the United States were "on the brink of a new Cold War", fuelled in part by tensions over the coronavirus pandemic, as Muslims around the world celebrated a muted end to the holy month of Ramadan.Foreign Minister Wang Yi

Survivor recalls horror of Pakistan plane crash that killed 97

Survivor recalls horror of Pakistan plane crash that killed 97

One of the two people to survive a plane crash in Pakistan that killed 97 people on board has described jumping from the burning wreckage of the aircraft after it hurtled into a residential neighbourhood.The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) plane came dow