The two members of Kennedy family who are missing in the state of Maryland are believed to have died. That says a family member in a statement, NBC News reports.

These are Maeve Kennedy McKean (40), the granddaughter of the murdered former Democratic Senator and presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy, and her eight-year-old son. The two took to the water in a bay near Annapolis on Thursday in a canoe and did not return. The canoe may have capsized, NBC writes.

“It is with great sadness that I share the news that the search for my beloved daughter Maeve and grandson Gideon has changed from rescue to salvage,” said Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Maeve’s mother, in a statement.

According to The Washington Post, the duo jumped into the canoe to get a ball out of the water and drifted them off. A search was launched to find them. Rescue workers found a kayak and a paddle on Thursday, but not the missing, local authorities reported. The pair was also sought on Friday.

The well-known American family has been dealing with calamity for many years. Robert Kennedy was killed in his presidential campaign in 1968, five years after his brother, President John F. Kennedy, was killed. In 1999 John F. Kennedy Jr. died with his wife and sister-in-law during a plane crash. Saoirse Kennedy Hill, a granddaughter of Robert, died of a drug overdose at the age of 22 last year.

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