A Chevrolet HHR was seen crashing into the water Sunday at about 9:41 a.m., on the south side of the canal about a mile west of Route 1 and the Roth Bridge, west of St. George's.
Three people have been confirmed dead and a boy is still missing after a vehicle crashed into the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal Sunday west of St. George's.
Delaware State Police said the car went into the canal on the south side, about a mile west of Route 1 and the William V. Roth Bridge.
At about 9:41 a.m., a 911 call was received reporting that a vehicle, later confirmed to be a Chevrolet HHR, was seen going into the water.
Multiple agencies responded including police, fire companies, emergency medical services, maritime units and dive teams and started a rescue mission.
The first responding units found a 16-year-old girl on the canal bank who was a passenger, but was able to exit and get to shore.
Police said the preliminary investigation determined that she was helped to shore by the 18-year-old male driver, who re-entered the water in an attempt to rescue three other passengers.
The 18-year-old died during his attempt to rescue those passengers, and his body was recovered from the water a short time later, police said.
The three passengers were all males, 16, 12 and 6 years old.
Just before 5 p.m., the vehicle was removed from the water, and the 16-year-old and the 12-year-old were found in the vehicle and pronounced dead.
The 6-year-old wasn't in the car and remains unaccounted for. The search and investigation is continuing.
Identification of the victims is pending notification of next of kin.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Cpl. Breen of the Troop 2 Collision Reconstruction Unit by calling 302-365-8486 or by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or online at http://www.delaware.crimestoppersweb.com.