Harrell Fischer — aptly named, as he is, in fact, an avid fisherman — was at the dock Monday night, working on his boat along the Sacramento River.
At around 9:30 p.m., he was shocked to see a car had driven into the water.
According to a media release from the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, the car had veered off the road and was “partially submerged in the river.”
Not knowing what had happened or who was in the car, Fischer and a friend got in his boat and went over to investigate, seeing the car’s taillights in the water.
“I heard some crashing, like, branches breaking and whatnot,” Fischer told KCRA-TV. “We hopped in his boat, and we went over and I started hearing screaming.”
As they got closer, Fischer’s heart sank. It became clear that there were several children trapped in the