Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean, the grand niece of President John F. Kennedy and her son Gideon Joseph Kennedy McKean have drowned in a rowing accident.
According to authorities, the mother and son were rowing into the rough Chesapeake Bay in Maryland to recover a soccer ball when the accident happened.
McKean and her 8-year-old son got into the canoe around 4 p.m. Thursday outside her mother’s home in Shady Side, according to the Washington Post.
Gideon had been kicking a ball with other kids when it fell into the water, and he and his mom went to retrieve it amid high winds, her husband, David McKean, told the paper.
“[They] popped into a canoe to chase it down. They just got farther out than they could handle, and couldn’t get back in,” he said.
They were later sucked into the South River where they drowned, Gov. Larry Hogan said at a press conference Friday.
McKean, 40, is the daughter of former Maryland Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, who she was visiting when the tragedy struck.