After trying to rescue his family from a car submerged in water after it plunged off a gravel road and into a canal in Delaware Sunday morning, an 18-year-old died.
At 9:41 a.m Sunday, the teenager was driving his 2 younger brothers, his girlfriend, and a cousin to a youth football game and their car went into the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal, according to CNN affiliate KYW.
According to a news release from the Delaware State Police, first responders found a 16-year-old girl on the canal banks in Middletown about a mile west of the William Roth Bridge. She informed them the 18-year-old helped her get to shore and then returned to the water to save the other three passengers.
His body was obtained from the water soon after rescuers came, according to the release.
Delaware State Police Master Corporal Michael Austin said to KYW, “He was a hero and attempted to do everything he could to save the remaining passengers in that vehicle.”
Police told the bodies of two other male passengers, ages 16 and 12, were located in the vehicle, a Chevy HHR when it was extracted from the water.
The body of a 6-year-old boy has not yet been retrieved, the release stated.
None of the victims have been recognized by police and investigators have not yet discovered what is the reason for the crash.