News

VIDEO: Helicopter crew rescues boy (4) from lethal mudslide

Footage shows the boy being rescued from the mudslide sludge
Footage shows the boy being rescued from the mudslide sludge

The extraordinary moment a four-year-old boy was rescued from the lethal Washington mudslide has been captured on camera.

The town of Oso near Seattle, Washington was decimated by the huge landslide on Saturday when a rain-soaked hillside collapsed.

Currently there are 24 confirmed victims of the disaster, with 176 still missing.

However, footage taken from the camera of the Snohomish County Helicopter Rescue team just hours after the catastrophe shows a young boy being pulled from the sludge.

Rescuers searching for survivors spotted the young boy before he was taken to safety.

Survivor Robin Youngblood told FOX News how she helped comfort the boy named locally as Jacob Spillers.

“I told him I was a grandma,” she said.

She said she then took off the rest of his wet clothes and wrapped him in a blanket.

“He was freezing,” she added.            

Jacob's father and three siblings were in the house with him at the time are remains unaccounted for.

Jacob has been reunited with his mother who was out working as a nursing assistant at the time, the Seattle Times reports.

He was one of eight people rescued on Saturday.

Posting the video on its Facebook page, Snohomish County Helicopter Rescue Team said: "Our team was conducting a training that morning only 25 miles south of the slide location and, as such, was able to arrive on scene very quickly.

"Our hearts go out to the families, friends, and loved ones of all the victims and those still lost.

"We have been flying each day since the disaster and will be back at it tomorrow to continue the rescue efforts."

Search crews are continuing to find bodies in the desperate hunt for survivors, amid fading hopes that anyone could still be plucked alive from the massive pile of heavy muck and debris.