Search for Robert F. Kennedy's Granddaughter and Great-Grandson Suspended After Disappearing in a Canoe While Retrieving a Kickball

Search for Robert F. Kennedy’s Granddaughter and Great-Grandson Suspended After Disappearing in a Canoe While Retrieving a Kickball

On April 2, Robert F. Kennedy‘s granddaughter, Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean, and his 8-year-old great-grandson, Gideon, went missing after the mother-and-son pair hopped into a canoe and never returned.

According to Maeve’s husband, David McKean, Maeve and Gideon had got into the canoe in order to get a ball that had fallen into the Chesapeake Bay on April 2. In his interview with the Washington Post, David said he and his family were spending some time outside while visiting Maeve’s mother’s waterfront property in Shady Side, Maryland.

RELATED: 7-Year-Old Girl Dies After Her Heart Stops Just 1 Minute Into Routine Tonsillectomy

As the Post reports, it was just after 4:00 p.m. when the ball the Maeve and Gideon were kicking around was accidentally kicked into the water. “They just got farther out than they could handle and couldn’t get back in,” David said.

RFK’s Granddaughter and Great-Grandson Missing After Getting Into a Canoe to Retrieve a Ball

David also took to Facebook the night after his wife and son had disappeared to share photos of them with the public. David called his wife “his everything,” adding that they had decided to retreat to Maeve’s mother’s Shady Side property while quarantining, “hoping to give our kids more space than we have at home in DC to run around.”

Soon after help was called, it was reported that “the rescue mission” had turned into a “recovery mission.” At the time Maeve, a mother of three, and Gideon got into the canoe, a spokesman for the U.S. Coast Guard revealed in a statement that the wind was blowing at about 30 miles-per-hour and the waves were about two to three feet high. Gideon was the couple’s oldest child, according to People.

The spokesman for the Anne Arundel County Fire Department, Captain Erik Kornmeyer said the only initial sighting of Maeve and Gideon occurred around 4:30 p.m. when someone called to say he saw the canoe from the Columbia Beach pier. “After that last sighting, they were not seen again,” David wrote on Facebook.

It was the following day, Friday, April 3, that an overturned canoe matching the description of the one Maeve and Gideon were in was discovered without the mother-and-son pair inside of it. At the time the canoe was found, the U.S. Coast Guard had searched 2,275 square miles. Sadly, on April 4, the search for Maeve and Gideon was suspended.

“My heart is crushed,” Maeve’s mother, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, said in her own statement. “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.”

Kathleen continued, “Gideon, like his mom, was a star athlete who loved soccer, golf, and running. He took after his parents in the most extraordinary ways. He loved riddles, math, chess, and adventures.” At the time of their disappearance, Maeve was the executive director of the Georgetown University Global Health Initiative.

Having dedicated her professional life to public service, Kathleen said her daughter “devoted her life to helping society’s most vulnerable. She did everything with her full self and her whole heart.”

RELATED: Kellan Lutz’s Wife Gives Update After Miscarriage at Six Months Pregnant: ‘I’m Tired of Falling Apart’

Additionally, David also mentioned how their two youngest children were dealing with the sudden and unexpected loss of their mother and brother. “At seven, Gabriella is heartbroken, but she amazes me with her maturity and grace. Toby is two-and-a-half, so he’s still his usual magical and goofy self. I know soon he will start to ask for Maeve and Gideon. It breaks my heart that he will not get to have them as a mother and brother.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Kennedy and McKean families during this very difficult time.

About Mamas Uncut

Mamas Uncut is the place for moms online. We cover the latest news around motherhood and parenting, plus entertainment news as well – all with a mom-focused twist. Looking for parenting advice? We have plenty of it, all for moms, from moms. Our mission is focused solely on empowering moms and moms-to-be with the knowledge and answers they’re looking for. We don’t stop there though, we have expert advice on a range of topics, and all of our categories get updated multiple times a day, so if there’s one website for moms you need to bookmark, it’s Mamas Uncut. We cover it all, from the latest and trendiest baby names, in the US and all over the world, to advice for moms in the workplace, or mom to mom advice on balancing it all. Looking for an answer to a specific question you’ve have? Head over to our new answers section, where you can ask questions on a nearly endless amount of topics, and you’ll get answers fast – really fast. Mamas Uncut is more than just the place for moms, it’s the community of moms – all here to help, make friends, and more. Not sure where to start? Take a look at one of our key topic areas like Pregnancy or Relationships – if you’re looking for advice on a specific topic, there’s a pretty good chance that we’ve already written on it (a few times), or that it’s within our answers section. If you don’t have time to read the site every day, we also have a newsletter that you can control how often you want to receive – that way we send all of the must-see content for moms directly to your inbox – it’s that easy. So go ahead and take a look around, ask a question, or just keep reading, we’re glad you’re here.

1 thought on “Search for Robert F. Kennedy’s Granddaughter and Great-Grandson Suspended After Disappearing in a Canoe While Retrieving a Kickball”

  1. This is the most wonderful thing i have ever experienced. I visited here online on the 22 of MARCH and i saw a marvelous testimony of a woman from United States on the forum about the good works DR BAKABA I never believed it, because have never heard anything about such miracle before. No body would have been able to convince me about it not until DR.BAKABA did a marvelous work for me that restored my marriage of 4 years by getting back my husband back i just as i read on the internet I was truly shocked when my husband knelt down pleading for forgiveness to accept him back. I am really short of words to use to show my appreciation to DR.BAKABA For his a God sent to me and my entire family for divine restoration of my marriage. Contact him now for any kind of help via Email; [email protected] or you add him on whatsApp number +2347063836098 or call HIM, THANKS DR BAKABA i will always tell the world how you bring my family back

Leave a Comment