The fishing trip ends with the death of a mother and the disappearance of a 6-year-old child

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The family of six – a mother, father and their four children – fished from Deer Island in the Merrimack River.

A State Police boat and Newburyport fire boat search for a 6-year-old child, lost on the Merrimack River near Deer Island in Amesbury. David L. Ryan/Globe Staff

NEWBURYPORT, Mass. (AP) — A family fishing trip on a Massachusetts river has ended in tragedy with the death of a mother and the disappearance of her 6-year-old son, authorities said.

The family of six – a mother, father and their four children – were fishing from Deer Island in the Merrimack River when, just after 7 p.m. Thursday, two of the children entered the water, firefighters and police said. Newburyport in a statement.

The mother went into the water to fetch the children, and with the help of a good Samaritan captain of a fishing boat who saw the family was in distress, a 7-year-old girl was rescued, authorities said.

But the mother was unresponsive, and after rescue efforts were made to the scene, she was taken to Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport where she was pronounced dead, authorities said.

Rescuers did not find the 6-year-old boy. All other family members are counted.

Local, state and federal agencies searched through the night, and about 10 divers from the Massachusetts State Police dive team entered the water Friday morning with specialized equipment to continue the search for the boy. The Coast Guard suspended the search at 5 p.m.

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