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Search continues after 2 members of Kennedy family capsize amid high winds

Tuesday, April 7th 2020, 12:30 pm - The search for 8-year-old Gideon resumed Tuesday.

After days for searching the Chesapeake Bay, divers have recovered the body of 40-year-old Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean, granddaughter of former US Attorney General and US Sen. Robert F. Kennedy.

McKean was found about 4 km from her family's home in Shady Side, Maryland where they had been self-quarantining due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Maeve and her 8-year-old son, Gideon have been missing since Thursday when they hopped into a canoe to retrieve a ball that had fallen into the water.

"They got into a canoe, intending simply to retrieve the ball, and somehow got pushed by wind or tide into the open bay," husband and father David McKean wrote on Facebook.

Winds were gusting up to 56 km/h due to a strong storm in the Atlantic farther north, and a small craft advisory was in place at the time of the incident.

Water temperatures were around 10 degrees Celsius.

Rescue efforts were suspended over the weekend due to the conditions. Crews were out looking for Gideon Tuesday.

"It is impossible to sum up Gideon here," David said in a Facebook post.

"I am heartbroken to even have to try. I used to marvel at him as a toddler and worry that he was too perfect to exist in this world. It seems to me now that he was."

Of his wife, he said: "She was my everything. She was my best friend and my soulmate."

Maeve was a public health and human rights lawyer and served as the executive director of the Georgetown University Global Health Initiative.

She is survived by her husband, David, and their two other children: Gabrielle, 7, and Toby, 2.

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