Authorities: 3 dead, 1 missing after car plunges into Delaware canal

Chesapeake and Delaware Canal in New Castle, Del.
Photo credit Justin Udo/KYW Newsradio

UPDATED: 6:55 p.m. 

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Delaware State Police say three people are dead and one person is missing after a car plunged into the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal with five people in New Castle, Delaware on Sunday.

Police say at approxiatemly 9:40 a.m., the car plunged into the water. 

When first responders arrived, they found a 16-year-old girl who confirmed that she had been inside the vehicle. 

Police say she confirmed that the driver of the car, an 18-year-old male, initially helped her out of the car. When she was safe, he went back into the water in an attempt to help the remaining three passengers — a 16-year-old male, a 12-year-old male and a 6-year-old male.

Soon after first responders arrived on the scene, they located that 18-year-old male, and he was pronounced dead on the scene.

At around 3 p.m., authorities found the car. They were able to bring the car out of the canal at around 5 p.m., which was when authorities found the 16-year-old male and 12-year-old male in the car. They were pronounced dead.

The 6-year-old remains unaccounted for. 

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