The video from Canadian photographer Simon Besner (external - login to view) shows the Honda Odyssey being tossed about by the waves, at one point nearly even being pushed onto its side. Rescuers can be seen pulling kids out as fast they can, all the while fighting a multi-ton hunk of steel.
It's still unclear what compelled the unidentified driver to head straight for the sea, but witnesses described an incredibly harrowing situation. Tim Tesseneer, one of the first people to reach the van, told local news outlet WESH (external - login to view) of the screams he heard from coming inside:
"The two in the back seat was crying, with their arms out saying 'Our mommy's trying to kill us, please help,'" said Tesseneer.The three kids, aged 10, 9, and 3, were transported to a hospital as a precautionary measure, but are reported to be physically sound.
"The kids are like, 'No there's a baby. There's a baby,'" Tesseneer said. "She (the mother) wouldn't say a word. She didn't tell us nothing about a baby."
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