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Children Rescued from Sinking Minivan in Ocean

By: CBS
By: CBS

Witnesses ran into the surf in Daytona Beach, Florida late yesterday afternoon- desperately trying to stop a minivan from driving further into the ocean.

Inside- a pregnant mother who was behind the wheel and her three young children--- trapped.

You can see the mother walking away from the SUV after rescuers got her out.

A tourist shot this video from the beach – it shows two of the children being carried out of the water, away from the vehicle.

And then rescuers pluck the remaining child from the open trunk, moments before a huge wave crashes over the top of the minivan.

Investigators are trying to figure out how and why the vehicle ended up in the water, but witnesses say it appeared deliberate.

The family is from South Carolina- the three children all under the age of ten.

They were taken to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office confirmed this morning that the mother who was driving the vehicle is pregnant and is still in police custody.
A sheriff’s department spokeswoman reportedly described her as incoherent and uncooperative after the rescue.


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