3 dead, 6-year-old still missing after car plunged into C&D Canal


Three people are dead and a 6-year-old is unaccounted for after a car plunged into the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal on Sunday.

Police received reports around 9:30 a.m. that a vehicle had entered the waters of the C&D Canal about one mile west of the William V. Roth Bridge.

A 16-year-old girl, a passenger, was able to make her way to shore with the help of the 18-year-old driver, who re-entered the water in an attempt to rescue the three remaining passengers.

The 18-year-old died during his attempt to rescue the three remaining passengers. His body was recovered from the water a short time later.

The three unaccounted for passengers were all males, 16, 12 and 6-years-old.

The multi-agency rescue and recovery mission continued into the evening and, just before 5 p.m., the vehicle was removed from the water.

The 16 year old and the 12 year old were still inside the vehicle. The 6 year old was not located in the vehicle and remains unaccounted for.

The search is active and ongoing.