Transcript for Amazing Water Rescue: Kids Pulled From Minivan
And next, strangers intervening in the nick of time. It was a scene that had everyone holding their breath today, as a mother with three children in her minivan, drove into the ocean, into the crashing waves. The children, waving for help. ABC's Steve osunsami shows us how some passing strangers saved the day. Reporter: They weren't going to let it happen. Two men passing by and three lifeguards watching a car with three children inside, driving straight into the ocean. It began like this. One of the good samaritans driving down the beach and see hearing the children screaming. That's a child waving out the wind. Tim from North Carolina, jumps out of his car. His wife, recording it all. The young boy, still waving. There's one kid in the backseat, just screaming. Help us. Help us. Our mom's trying to kill us. Reporter: 21-year-old Stacy Robinson, at the beach with his girlfriend, runs into the water, as the car falls into the sea. By the time I ran over, I noticed the son was snatching at the wheel, trying to get her to come to shore. Reporter: The mother kept driving. When I was speaking to her, her eyes were like -- Reporter: Wide. Wide. Reporter: He uses the power windows to get the windows down and his arms around two of the children. The surf, up to his chest. He told us, he wished he had three hands because he saw a baby strapped in a car seat in the back. Lifeguards struggled to open the front door. That's the mother trying to stop them. Watch again. There's a struggle. And then, the mother just walks away. Seconds later, they get the baby out through the back of the minivan. One of the lifeguards, getting out in time. And five seconds later, look closely. A huge wave nearly pushes the car out to sea. If it had been minutes longer, the outcome probably would have been different. Reporter: Police identified the mother from South Carolina. Police say she was pregnant. And her family called them earlier in the day, warning she had, quote, mental issues. Police say they reached out to her. But she had done nothing wrong. She would end up on the beach directly behind me. Tonight, evaluations. Her children, ages, 3, 9, all in state custody. And they're alive, because a few men decided to get involved. Steve osunsami, ABC news, Daytona Beach.
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