AMESBURY, MASS. (WHDH) – After two days of desperate searches, the body of a missing 6-year-old boy who had fallen into the Merrimack River was found Sunday, according to Amesbury Police.
Mason DeChhat was swept away by the currents of the Merrimack River while on a fishing trip with his family on Friday. Newburyport Fire Chief Christopher LeClaire said the boy probably fell in the water while the child’s father, Sammy DeChhat, 31, was getting something out of his truck.
The boy’s mother, Boua DeChhat, 29, and sister, Kayla, 7, got into the water to help him but were also caught in the current. The father tried unsuccessfully to bring his family members back after he too was caught in the current. The father was eventually able to land and was treated for hypothermia at Seabrook Hospital.
While two local fishermen were able to haul the seven-year-old daughter out of the river and into the boat, they were unable to get the mother on board. The 29-year-old woman was eventually pulled from the water by rescue workers and administered CPR, but was pronounced dead at the scene.
The search for the boy was officially called a “rescue operation” on Saturday after officials said they believed he had drowned. A kayaker found his body on Sunday.
“I saw something floating and I was hoping it was a stick and as I got closer I realized what it was and called 911,” the kayaker said. “It’s just awful.”
Officials from Amesbury, Newburyport, the Coast Guard and other local authorities provided assistance in locating the missing boy.
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