4-year-old rescued from Wash. mudslide

SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. - Rescuers in Snohomish County, Wash. are still searching for the nearly 200 people unaccounted for after Saturday's massive landslide.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then maybe the picture of a rescuer with a 4-year-old boy is worth a million thanks.

"He was stuck. He was sunk into that mud so well that his pants came right off," said Ed Hrivnak with Pierce County Fire and Rescue. "The mud had compacted around him and had created such suction that he couldn`t move."

The photo was taken by first responders just moments after they saved the life of a child. They'd spotted him nearly drowning in the mud.

"So, they brought him to us in the ambulance and I took all his clothes off, because he was freezing, wrapped him up and held him and told him I was a grandma," said his neighbor, Robin Youngblood.

She says the child's three siblings and father are among the victims still missing.

Youngblood says she comforted the child until his mother arrived at the hospital. As for the crew that saved the boy's life, they're thankful for having met him, having saved him.

It gives them hope to carry on.

"That little guy was quite the trooper he was a real inspiration to the whole crew," said Hrivnak.


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