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Kennedy kin on US canoe trip missing

Agence France-Presse



David McKean, Maeve Kennedy Townsend Mckean and children attend the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Hosts 2019 Ripple Of Hope Gala & Auction In NYC on 12 December 2019 in New York City. (Getty)

Two members of the Kennedy US political dynasty, including a grandniece of assassinated president John F. Kennedy, were missing Friday after they went canoeing.

Kathleen Kennedy Townsend’s daughter, Maeve Kennedy McKean,  and eight-year-old grandson, Gideon, disappeared Thursday after boating on the South River in Maryland, Governor Larry Hogan told reporters.

An intensive search has been underway since Thursday.

Coast Guard officials received a report of  two individuals “seen struggling to return to shore in a canoe” near Herring Bay, 10 miles south of Annapolis, and were “not seen again.”

“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,” Hogan said.

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

The iconic American clan has had more than its share of tragedy.

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

In 1999. John 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 Robert F Kennedy, died of what was ruled an accidental drug overdose last year at age 22.

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