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Tybee family shares firsthand account of Boston bombing

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

One Tybee Island family is counting their blessings after being just footsteps away from the explosions that rocked the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

The journey to Boston began as a weekend of firsts for Tim and Pam Seyden and their three 10-year-old sons. It was the boys' first trip on an airplane, and Pam's first time running the Boston Marathon.

The day started out perfect. Tim Seyden and his sons walked to the finish line from their hotel room just a few blocks from Boylston street. Seyden started receiving text message tracker alerts from AT&T to let him know where his wife was on the course. Everything seemed fine.

Then, the unthinkable.

"We knew she would be coming right through so we tried to get a little closer to the finish to see her come through and that's when the explosion happened," he said.

"It sounded like a deep percussion, a huge explosion."

Amidst the chaos, his first duty was to comfort his panicked sons. He told the boys "Mom would be alright, we would find her, she would be ok and we're not going to leave without finding mom."

About 15 minutes after the explosion, Pam Seyden was able to gather her belongings and call her worried husband.

"We saw a large cathedral-like church and I told her, if you can see behind you or anywhere behind you, just go to the church."

Ten minutes later, a reunion.

"It was an incredible relief to see her."

Seyden told WTOC he and his wife knew the experience could be traumatizing for their children. The parents encouraged their children to talk about what happened, instead of keeping it all in.

Despite the horrific event, the Seyden family plans to return next year.

"This won't stop us from doing things. We were just in the wrong place at the wrong time."

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