Body of boy, 6, found in Massachusetts river days after his mom died trying to save him on fishing trip
Authorities have found the body of a boy whose mother died after rescuing his sister and trying to save him on a family fishing trip in Massachusetts, officials said.
Authorities have found the body of a boy whose mother died after rescuing his sister and trying to save him on a family fishing trip in Massachusetts, officials said on Sunday.
The Newburyport Fire Department said a kayaker came across "what is believed to be the body of 6-year-old Mas DeChhat" in the Merrimack River near Newburyport. The remains will be turned over to the office of the State’s Chief Medical Examiner for positive identification, it said.
The 6-year-old had been on a fishing trip with his family on Deer Island when he and his 7-year-old sister entered the river on Thursday, the fire department said in an earlier release.
A US Coast Guard boat searches for the body of a boy on the Merrimack River in Amesbury, Mass., on June 10, 2022.David L. Ryan / Boston Globe via Getty ImagesThe children's mother, Boua DeChhat, 29, followed them into the river to retrieve them, but "lost her life in doing so," it said.
Mother dies trying to rescue drowning children in Massachusetts riverJune 10, 202201:36The mother had received assistance from a nearby fishing vessel and managed to get her daughter onto the boat, but could not hoist herself up. She went underwater and "was not able to resurface," the fire department said.