Crews Resume River Search for Missing Jet Skier


Rescue crews are searching a stretch of the Merrimack River in Chelmsford for a person who went missing after an accident involving two personal watercraft. Soon they learned of the jet ski crash and began a multi-agency search for the 16-year-old teenager.

A 32-year-old Lowell resident is facing charges of operating a watercraft under the influence of alcohol and negligent operation of a motor boat related to a jet ski crash on the Merrimack River that knocked a 16-year-old girl into the water.

The missing girl's cousin says her name is Isabella Silva.

A call about the collision in the area of the Wotton Street boat launch came at around 10 p.m., Fire Chief Gary Ryan said from the scene at around 3 a.m. when the last rescue boat was pulled from the river.

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As of Monday morning, three boats had been launched into the river to help search for the girl.

It's still not clear what caused the crash.

Authorities said they would provide an update later Monday morning. First responders from Tyngsborough and Lowell and the State Police Air Wing also assisted in the search Sunday night, according to Ryan. He will be held overnight at the Chelmsford Police Department and will be arraigned on Tuesday at Lowell District Court.