1 dead, 4 rescued from river in Newburyport, 6-year-old still missing

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Many agencies are looking for the boy on the Merrimack River near Whittier Bridge.

A woman died after being pulled from the Merrimack River in Newburyport. Four other people were rescued, and the Coast Guard, State Police and several local police and fire departments are still looking for a 6-year-old boy.

Newburyport Fire Chief Christopher LeClaire told reporters during a news conference that the six people were a family of two parents and four children who were fishing near Dear Island.

According to the Newburyport fire, while the family was fishing, two children entered the water. Their mother went into the water to get them, and a nearby fishing boat came to help and hoisted a 7-year-old girl onto the boat.

The fire department said the mother was unable to get on the boat, was underwater and did not resurface.

Rescue teams responded shortly after 7pm. They located her mother and managed to get her out of the water, but she was unresponsive and not breathing, the fire department said. CPR was administered by on-site rescuers.

The fire department said the mother was taken to Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport, where she was later pronounced dead. Her identity is not being released as the police are still notifying her next of kin.

LeClaire said four family members are being treated in a hospital and may have minor injuries but are doing well.

Twelve search and rescue boats from local, state and federal agencies are still searching for the 6-year-old boy in the water, and the search could continue overnight, officials said.

LeClaire said that as time goes on, they are more likely to be looking to retrieve a body, but that agencies are still doing their best to rescue it.

“We know we’re still looking for a 6-year-old boy, so we’ll keep looking until we’ve exhausted all possibilities,” LeClaire said. “We will continue to search in daylight.”

Chain Bridge is closed in both directions until further notice due to investigation and rescue efforts.

This is an ongoing story that will be updated as more information becomes available.

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