Kids Screamed as Mom Drove Van into Ocean, Rescuers Say | Nightline | ABC News

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A pregnant mother of 3 drives directly into the Atlantic ocean as one child dangles of of the window yelling "help us." Bystanders who rushed to save three kids from the sinking minivan detail the harrowing moments.

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A man who helped pull three children from a sinking minivan said he tried to stop the mother from driving the vehicle in the into rough surf on a Florida beach, but she suddenly veered away and plowed into the water.

Stacy Robinson, a sophomore at Seminole State College in Sanford, Fla., said he and his girlfriend were sitting in their car at the beach in Daytona Beach, Fla., when they saw a woman, who police have identified as Ebony Wilkerson, 32, from Cross, S.C., driving a minivan partly in the rough surf.

"[My girlfriend] said what I thought was a joke and [I] was like, 'No, this is real', because after that her son came out the window, probably about waist high, screaming for help," Robinson said.

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God Bless those men. "Did he say help? Thats Different!" truly heros.

Author — Jose Gonzalez


All of these people are heroes but that kid who was crying for help if he never did that god knows what would happen

Author — Aidan Faircloth



Author — Annie A.


This makes me feel lucky to have parents that think unlike this mother here.

Author — Manly Man


"If they're saying help we got to help them"

Author — Jo


Idc if she’s battling depression you shouldn’t kill your three children and unborn child bc of your own problems

Author — G0thicPanc4ke


I've been fighting depression my whole life IVE NEVER put someone at risk THATS NOT RIGHT AND NOT FAIR TO OTHERS point blank period

Author — Jeremy Creamer


just imagine tho's poor children that they almost died, thinking that they almost died bc of there mom!!

Author — Dino Elmo


That woman probably: "I will sue you for stopping me from commiting murder"

Author — SkeTrix


Children should not have to go through things like that 🙂

Author — Elias farias


Every child deserves parents but not every parents deserves a child

Author — ii ii


Depression doesn’t cause this. Something else was going on in her head

Author — Inora Faolan


THAT WOMAN IS CRAZY! those children are lucky there alive



Per everyone's comments: Depression is not a mental illness that would solely drive you to drive you AND your children into the ocean. Harming others is not an aspect of Depression. A few rare mental illnesses and contexts can lead you to harming others, and they are very serious. This also may not have been due to a serious mental illness. It seems likely.

Author — purplerains


Disgusting to say the least. Just glad the kids are ok

Author — Jeff C


Her children today are 16, 15, 9, and 6. I'm hoping that they're ok and are under the custody of another adult

Author — Oriella


Lesson: When someone calls authorities about a struggling person with children, listen up!

Author — JohnEl Richardson


This is to all mom's and/or Dad's who feel suicidal. Please leave the kids out of your mental breakdowns. Thanks!

Author — Wendy Murray


I like how there's sirens the whole time but they never showed up

Author — Ocean kitty


Mom: Kids, watch how mommy turns this car into a submarine

Author — Lisa Ward