2 Kennedy family members missing after canoe accident in Maryland


TAMPA (WFLA) – The Coast Guard says it is searching for two canoers last seen ten miles south of Annapolis near Herring Bay, Maryland, on Thursday evening.

The missing canoers have been identified as 41-year-old Maeve Kennedy Townsend and her 8-year-old son Gideon Joseph Kennedy McKean.

Maeve Kennedy Townsend is the granddaughter of Robert F. Kennedy.

In a press conference today Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan confirmed the incident.

“I have some other sad news to share,” Gov. Larry Hogan told reporters. “Former Maryland Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend’s daughter, Maeve, and her 8-year-old grandson Gideon went missing after canoeing yesterday afternoon on the south river here in Anne Arundel. An intensive search has been underway since late yesterday.”

Hogan added: “I reached out to and spoke with Lt. Gov. Townsend this morning and on behalf of the people of Maryland I expressed our most heartfelt sympathies and prayers to her and to her entire family during this difficult time.”

Maryland State Police notified the Coast Guard that two people were seen struggling to return to shore in a canoe near Herring Bay and not seen again by the person who made the report.

Anyone with additional information regarding this case should contact the Sector Maryland command center at 410-576-2525.

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