Twin babies are unscathed after being rescued from a car that plunged into a Long Island river.

Police say the babies' 30-year-old mother mistakenly put the car into either neutral or drive before stepping out of the vehicle after she parked it Monday afternoon at Dowling College in Oakdale. The car then began rolling downhill toward the Connetquot River.

The babies' mother, Coleen Charles, screamed for help as she chased the vehicle into the river. Charles pulled her 11-month-old babies through the windows of the car and passed them to a student and security guard who came to her aid.

Only the top of the car's hood remained visible in the water by about 5 p.m.