C&D Canal water rescue/search 100619

A grim search and an investigation into a deadly accident in which a vehicle traveled into the C & D Canal entered its second day Monday.

Three young people are dead. A six-year-old boy was missing. A 16-year-old girl survived.

Delaware State Police and Fish and Wildlife Natural Resources Police updated the investigation late Monday morning. Fish and Wildlife Police Sergeant Brooke Mitchell said the current in the canal was fairly strong, and boats equipped with sonar were involved in the search.

Delaware State Police Master Corporal Michael Austin also confirmed that two troopers entered the water when they first arrived but were not successful in rescuing the victims. They located the girl and confirmed that she was a passenger.

The body of the 18-year-old male driver was recovered Sunday morning. He died trying to rescue the remaining passengers.

At about 5 p.m. Sunday, October 6, 2019, the vehicle was recovered from the water. A 12-year-old boy and a 16-year-old boy were still inside and were pronounced dead.

A six-year-old boy was still unaccounted for as of midday Monday. Austin said per the family's wishes the names of the people who died have not been officially released.

The vehicle was a Chevrolet HHR. 

"The depth of the water where the vehicle was located was approximately 20 feet," Austin said.

"We're searching all around where the vehicle went in. Things could have changed overnight as far as the tide goes," Mitchell said. "Our search is going to be extensive in the area where the vehicle went into the water."

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Mark Fowser is a veteran journalist in Delaware.