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NEWBURYPORT, Mass. – A woman and her 6-year-old son died after an incident Thursday during a fishing trip on the Merrimack River, according to officials and WFXT.

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Update 5:14 p.m. EDT June 12: The body of a missing 6-year-old boy, who had been missing since Thursday night, was discovered by a kayaker on the Merrimack River in Massachusetts on Sunday, WFXT reported.

“It is with a great sadness we must report the body of the young boy has been recovered. The family has been notified, and we pray this gives the family some closure,” the Amesbury Police Department wrote on its official Facebook page Sunday afternoon.

Massachusetts State Police confirmed to WFXT that a kayaker found Mas DeChhat’s body in the Pipers Quarry area of the Merrimack River.

According to police, Boua DeChhat, her husband and their two children were fishing and swimming off the coast of Deer Island when Mas fell in the water while reaching for a stick, the TV station reported.

The current carried DeChhat, 29, and her daughter west, under the Whittier Bridge and out into the river, where they were found by a boater. The mother was pronounced dead a short while later at an area hospital, while the girl was treated and released, WFXT reported.

Original report: Authorities told WFXT that the boy was fishing with his family Thursday night on Deer Island when he slipped off some rocks and fell into the river. The boy, three siblings, his mom and his dad were later found to have gone into the water, according to WFXT and officials with the U.S. Coast Guard.

The boy’s mother was able to lift her 7-year-old daughter onto a passerby’s boat, but that she couldn’t get herself out of the water, WFXT reported. Rescue crews later found her, although she was not breathing, according to the news station. She was taken to a hospital where she was later pronounced dead, officials said.

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The child’s father and two other siblings were rescued by police and taken to a hospital, according to WFXT and the Coast Guard.

Crews from more than a dozen agencies subsequently searched for the 6-year-old boy, scouring 228 square miles over 69 hours, according to the Coast Guard. Around 5 p.m. Friday, officials suspended the search, WFXT reported.

“It is always a difficult decision to suspend a search and rescue case, and even more painful when children are involved,” Capt. Kailie Benson, commander of Coast Guard Sector Boston, said in a statement. “Considering the extensive search efforts by the Coast Guard and the numerous state and local agencies, along with on scene conditions, I have made the decision to suspend the search for the missing 6-year-old boy. Our prayers are with the boy and mother’s family and friends during this time.”