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Family rescued after van goes into ocean off Daytona Beach
clickorlando.com ^ | 3-4-2014 | Amaka Ubaka

Posted on 03/05/2014 9:35:15 AM PST by servo1969

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Three children -- ages 5, 7 and 10 -- were rescued from a minivan that was driven into the Atlantic Ocean off Daytona Beach.

Onlookers pulled the children from the vehicle, which was being buffeted by waves as it drifted deeper into the surf Tuesday. A woman driving the van escaped unharmed.

Beach Safety Capt. Tammy Marris said the woman was already driving on the beach, where cars are allowed, when the vehicle entered the water.

The South Carolina family of four was taken to Halifax Hospital. Once the children are released, they will be placed in the care of relatives while an investigation is conducted.

A tourist from Montreal, Simon Besner, captured the terrifying ordeal on video, and Taylor Quintin, visiting Central Florida from Vermont, saw the whole thing from the balcony of her hotel room.

“My friend pointed out that there was a car getting really close to the beach and actually started driving on the water,” Quintin told Local 6. “I saw a kid in the back waiving his arms around screaming, 'Help us! Help us!' And the car kept going deeper.”

Quintin said three bystanders quickly jumped into action.

“That's when I saw a guy from the beach run over next to the car and take out two small children and walk them back up,” Quintin said.

At one point in the video, the mother in the driver's seat hops out through a window and walks toward the shore. Bystanders and a lifeguard continued to search the back of the van while waves came over the car.

“Another guy ran out and brought a little toddler out of the car,” said Quintin.

The man carried the child back to shore, saving the child's life.

Volusia County Beach Patrol and the Florida Department of Children and Families are investigating the circumstances, but people who saw the incident, including Donna Pratt, can't believe it was accidental.

“When she first was drifting into the ocean, we thought maybe an accident,” Pratt told Local 6. “But when the bystanders went to help, she clearly went deeper into the ocean. She drove right toward it, so it's hard to believe it was an accident.”

A DCF official told Local 6 the agency is looking into any past cases of child neglect or abuse.

No other details were immediately released.


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Local News; Outdoors; Travel; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: beach; daytona; florida; rescue; southcarolina
Suicide?
Drunk?
Imbecile?
1 posted on 03/05/2014 9:35:15 AM PST by servo1969
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To: servo1969

Attempted Murder?
Insurance Fraud?


2 posted on 03/05/2014 9:38:44 AM PST by Inwoodian
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To: servo1969

Wait...

“the mother in the driver’s seat hops out through a window and walks toward the shore.”

Then-

“Another guy ran out and brought a little toddler out of the car,”

She just walked off and left a toddler in car as it bounced around in the ocean?
She didn’t even try to help it?


3 posted on 03/05/2014 9:38:54 AM PST by servo1969
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To: servo1969

Guess the gubment check was late.


4 posted on 03/05/2014 9:40:45 AM PST by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: servo1969

On Fox News right now. She sounds like a Nut-Case.


5 posted on 03/05/2014 9:41:09 AM PST by gigster (Cogito, Ergo, Ronaldus Magnus Conservatus)
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To: servo1969

On Foxnews this morning they said the mother was driving.


6 posted on 03/05/2014 9:42:46 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: servo1969

Suicide?
Drunk?
Imbecile?
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GPS


7 posted on 03/05/2014 9:45:33 AM PST by bramps (Go West America!)
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To: servo1969

LATE TERM ABORTIONS!!! She left her TODDLER in the car as she got out!!! OMG! These poor children.


8 posted on 03/05/2014 9:49:27 AM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: bramps
Suicide?
Drunk?
Imbecile?
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GPS

Probably a cell phone. I never cease to be amazed by the number of cell-phone impaired drivers one-handing their way through traffic around here by very expensive cars.

My mother was T-Boned by one such critter and will be in a wheelchair for the rest of her mortal life as a result.

9 posted on 03/05/2014 9:53:21 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: servo1969

cell phone or applying makeup. or both. or gps said turn left now.


10 posted on 03/05/2014 9:54:17 AM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: upchuck
The South Carolina family of four

SC ping!

11 posted on 03/05/2014 9:56:32 AM PST by PistolPaknMama
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To: servo1969

She was looking for a Taco Del Mar to patronize!


12 posted on 03/05/2014 9:58:57 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: bramps
GPS

When possible, make a U-turn. When possible, make a U-turn.

13 posted on 03/05/2014 9:59:07 AM PST by PistolPaknMama
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To: servo1969

She was pregnant, but probably not very,because she got out through the window. Reports said the 10 year old screamed, “She’s trying to kill us!!!” Those poor children will never forget this horrible event.


14 posted on 03/05/2014 10:03:27 AM PST by txrefugee
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To: Vigilanteman

So sorry to hear that about your mom. We spend a lot of time on the road, in Texas, and just about every driver we pass is looking at or texting on their d@%# phone.


15 posted on 03/05/2014 10:05:38 AM PST by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: txrefugee

You’re right. How sad. Scarred for life. Thank God she didn’t succeed.


16 posted on 03/05/2014 10:07:03 AM PST by Jane Long (While Marxists continue the fundamental transformation of the USA, progressive RINOs assist!)
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To: servo1969

Maybe just one pissed off pushed over the edge parent, have you ever told your kids if you don’t knock it off I’ll drive this car over a cliff? Me neither, total nutcase psycho mom needs to be locked up!


17 posted on 03/05/2014 10:09:27 AM PST by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: servo1969

It sounds like the Mom was trying to kill everybody, including herself. I hope those kids find loving foster homes or get with a sane family member. This is probably not the time to make any remarks about women drivers, so I won’t.


18 posted on 03/05/2014 10:58:40 AM PST by lee martell
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To: servo1969

You don’t accidentally drive into the surf at Daytona Beach. Its flat and the beach is wide. Having driven that beach many times its impossible.


19 posted on 03/05/2014 11:17:39 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: servo1969

she’s nutz


20 posted on 03/05/2014 11:29:11 AM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: servo1969

So they finally get from the Carolina cold to a sunny Florida beach, and the kids are screaming, “We wanna go in the water! We wanna go in the water!”


21 posted on 03/05/2014 1:30:53 PM PST by Rainier1789 (My Constitution has a 2nd and 10th Amendment)
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To: Vigilanteman

I am sorry to hear about your mother’s situation. Ten years ago, almost to the day, a woman on a cell phone ran a red light and t-boned me. I can still clearly see the woman coming toward me in her van, cell phone pressed to her ear, not a care in the world, to a look of horrified shock on her face as she hits me. I was blessed to be able to fully recover from my injuries. I know that day must be far worse for your mom.


22 posted on 03/05/2014 1:45:10 PM PST by Waryone
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To: Waryone; Jane Long

Thanks to you both for your kind wishes. At least Mom is still alive and her mind is intact. Other victims of cell-phone impaired drivers haven’t been so fortunate.


23 posted on 03/05/2014 1:48:39 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: PistolPaknMama; 2A Patriot; 2nd amendment mama; 4everontheRight; 77Jimmy; ...
Proof that even in the beautiful state of South Carolina we have our share of crazies.

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24 posted on 03/06/2014 8:27:39 AM PST by upchuck (South Carolina Representative Trey Gowdy for Speaker of the House!!!)
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To: upchuck

Sounds like a Susan Smith wannabe. Damn.


25 posted on 03/06/2014 10:26:04 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (Richard Warman censors free speech.)
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To: Slings and Arrows; All

Susan Smith

I lived in the Columbia area when the trial took place and it is not that far from Union, South Carolina.

The “nut” drove her car into a lake in South Carolina and then left the children to die. That received national attention as she tried to say the children were kidnapped but then went to trial after the submerged vehicle was found. She is in jail for life. This is an excellent write up which explains Susan Smith’s motivation to kill her children.

I would bet both were on an antidepressant drug (personal theory).

http://crime.about.com/od/murder/a/susan_smith.htm


26 posted on 03/07/2014 1:58:04 AM PST by politicianslie (To fool Americans, you only have to fool the presstittues. Hussein Obama cares less what YOU think.)
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