DAYTONA BEACH -- A South Carolina woman purposely drove her mini van into the surf with her three children inside just south of the Silver Beach approach, before all were rescued and the vehicle became completed submerged.
One of the children reportedly told rescuers, "Our mommy's trying to kill us, please help."
There were more questions than answers as to why the unidentified woman drove the vehicle into the waves just before 5 p.m. today. Beach Patrol spokeswoman Tammy Marris had scant information of the woman motorist she described as "incoherent" and pregnant.
Dramatic footage of the rescue was captured by Canadian tourist Simon Besmer who could be heard on his video saying, "What were you thinking people?"
A third child is carried to shore after a rescuer went through the back hatch as the mini van was becoming submerged in the Daytona Beach surf.
One rescuer was shown in the carrying two of the children to shore while a second rescuer pulled a child from the vehicle, exiting out the rear door. The children were described as ages 10, 9, and 3.
The woman, who has has relatives in Volusia County, was taken into custody for a psychiatric evaluation at Halifax Medical Center.
She was not cooperative with authorities, Marris said.