The body of a 6-year-old boy was found in a Massachusetts river over the weekend – several days after he fell into high-speed water during a family fishing trip and his mother drowned trying to save him.
“It is with great sadness that we are informed that the young boy’s body has been found.” Amesbury police said on Facebook on SundayThe body of Mason de Chit was discovered by a kicker three days after it was washed away in the Mermack River.
“The family has been notified, and we pray that this will bring the family closer together,” police said.
Mason was on a fishing trip from Deer Island on Thursday with his mother, Boa, 29, father Sammy, 31, sisters, Kelly, 12, and Elisa, 7, and brother, Caden, 14, when he tried to Arrived in the water. And grab a stick, state police said.
Apparently he lost his foot, fell into the river and was swept away around 7 p.m.
Police said her father was removing some gear from the family’s car in a parking lot at the time.
Authorities say little Elisa tried to catch her brother, but she too slipped into the water and was swept away by a strong current.
Not knowing how to swim, her mother again jumped into the water in a desperate attempt to save the two children – but she was swept away with Elisa under the Veterans Bridge.
By this time, Sammy returned to the scene and saw his wife and daughter tormented in the water.
He jumped into the river and quickly got himself into trouble because he didn’t even know how to swim, but he managed to get him back to shore.
Eventually, a local sailor spotted Boa and Elisa and dragged them aboard. WCVB reported..
Mason was nowhere to be found at the time.
Mark Bajko, a colleague, told WCVB that he and a police officer arranged CPR for Boa.
“I’m going to work as hard as I can. I’ve already called 911 along the way, and I’m doing CPR, and finally, a police officer patted me and said, ‘Hey, let me handle that.’ Bajko said.
“And he handles it, and I get up, and at that moment and in that second, a little girl stopped crying and shouted, ‘My brother is still in the water!’ He added.
Boa was pronounced dead at Anna Jax Hospital in New Berry Port. Elisa was treated and released, and Sammy was taken to Seabrook Hospital in New Hampshire, where he was treated for hypothermia and exposure, officials said.
Participating in the ongoing search for Mason were 12 divers from the Massachusetts State Police’s underwater recovery unit, four marine unit boats and Boston Fire Department divers.
Police and firefighters from the Amesbury and Newbury Port Fire and Police Departments, the US Coast Guard and the surrounding area also took part in the effort.
After a three-day search, Mason’s body was discovered by a kicker in the Pipers Quarry area around 2 p.m. Sunday, state troops said.
“We’ve seen a lot of tragedy on the river, but it’s not usually the case where an entire family is affected,” Newport Fire Chief Christopher Lee Claire told WCVB.
“It’s a tragic situation, and we had high hopes. [Thursday] Night. A lot of agencies – state agencies, local agencies – are working hard to find this 6-year-old boy. “
Richard Nagel, a Salisbury native, said he knew for himself how strong the current could be.
“It happens very fast, and you don’t expect it. That’s it. I’m sure these poor people think it’s going to be a good day, and it’s just unfortunate.” Nagle told WBZ-TV.
According to a GoFundMe page, three out of four children attend Merkland Elementary School in Lowell, Mass. Which has raised more than $ 103,000 for family funeral expenses and other expenses as of Monday afternoon.