Water Rescue Underway In The C & D Canal, Possibly Five In Vehicle


Delaware authorities are working to recover a vehicle that went into the C & D Canal early Sunday morning.

Just before 9:40, this morning Kent County emergency center (Kent Center) received a call from a witness that told 911 dispatchers a vehicle had entered the C & D Canal.

Rescue crews from across New Castle County were simultaneously alerted and immediately responded to the south side of the canal, about a  mile west of the Roth Bridge.

As Troopers and rescue crews responded to the scene the caller alerted Kent Center that five people were in the vehicle and it was sinking.

Upon their arrival, crews confirmed that the vehicle was occupied. Just after that report a State Trooper and a firefighter jumped into the canal, however, it’s not clear if they made contact with any of the patients.

The Delaware State Police issued the following statement ” Multiple police, fire, maritime and EMS agencies are currently on scene of an incident that occurred at approximately 9:41 a.m., Sunday, October 6, 2019, in which a single vehicle entered the water on the south side of the C&D canal approximately 1 mile west of the SR 1 (Roth) Bridge.

This is an active operation and the investigation is in the early stages. Further details will be released as they become available.”

This is a developing story. Check back for additional details.



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