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3 dead, 1 missing after car enters Delaware canal

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Posted at 4:58 AM, Oct 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-07 04:58:01-04

MIDDLETOWN, Del. (AP) — Authorities say they've recovered the bodies of an 18-year-old male driver and two boys who had been riding in a car that plunged into a Delaware canal.

Delaware State Police say five people in all were in the car when it went into the waters of the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal shortly after 9:40 a.m. Sunday.

Authorities say a 16-year-old girl made it safely to shore with the help of the 18-year-old, but the driver re-entered the waters seeking to rescue the three remaining passengers and died.

Police say the driver's body was found in the water a short time later and that the bodies of two boys, ages 12 and 16, were still in the vehicle when it was pulled from the canal Sunday afternoon. They say a 6-year-old boy in the car wasn't located and remains unaccounted for.