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A collision on the Balboa Island Ferry sent a minivan crashing over the edge with a family trapped inside on Friday morning.

According to witnesses, the family had just pulled onto the ferry when a Mercedes, that was going too fast, rammed into the back of the van and pushed it through the metal guard rail and into the water.

The family, who were visiting from Taiwan, had only a few minutes to escape. One ferry employee jumped into the water and began to get the family out. Another boater brought his small dinghy alongside the car. The dinghy owner reached through the van window and unbuckled the daughter who was in a car seat.

The son climbed over the seat and into the dinghy and the father went feet first through the driver’s side window. The boater helped pull the mother out just before the van sunk under the water.

The car, which was a rental, came to rest upside down about 15 feet underwater.

Police are still investigating the driver of the Mercedes although no charges have been filed yet.

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