Washington, United States:
The family said on Saturday that two members of the Kennedy political dynasty, including a great niece of John F. Kennedy, were considered dead after they disappeared during a canoe trip.
It seems to be the latest chapter in heartache for a family that has suffered tragedy after tragedy in the form of premature deaths since President Kennedy himself was murdered in Dallas in 1963.
This time it is 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 giant Chesapeake Bay, Governor Larry Hogan said on Friday.
The coast guard, police, and fire departments started a search immediately, but the missing Kennedys were not found.
"It has been over 24 hours and the chances of survival are incredibly slim. 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 finding the bodies, said Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, the mother and grandmother of the two missing.
Kennedy Townsend, 68, is a former Maryland Vice Governor and the daughter of Robert F. Kennedy, the former attorney general in his brother's administration.
RFK himself was murdered in 1968 when he fought for the president five years after his brother's death.
John F. Kennedy Jr. and his wife and sister-in-law died in 1999 when the small plane he was piloting crashed off the Massachusetts coast.
Saoirse Kennedy Hill, an RFK granddaughter, died last year at the age of 22 from an accidental drug overdose.
David Kennedy, a son of Robert, died in 1984 at the age of 28 from an overdose of cocaine in a Florida hotel.
Another RFK son, Michael, died in a ski accident in Colorado in 1997.
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