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Helicopter rescues 4-year old boy from Washington Landslide (VIDEO)

DH Vancouver Staff Mar 26, 2014 10:08 am

Five days have passed since dozens of homes and businesses in Snohomish County were swept away by a massive 2.6-square kilometre slide.

Hope is fading with anyone to be found alive now that the cement-like debris conditions have settled over the rubble and voice spaces of buildings and cars. On Monday, rescuers recovered 10 more bodies, bringing the confirmed death toll to 24 people with 176 people still missing.

Newly released video footage shows the rescue effort happening almost immediately after the slide occurred on Saturday. The Snohomish County Helicopter Rescue Team was conducting a training exercise that morning just 40-kilometres south of the slide location and was able to arrive on scene very quickly.

The individual rescued in the dramatic video was four-year old Jacob Spillers, who was stuck so fast in the mud that his pants came off when rescuers pulled him out. His mother was at work at the time of the landslide, but his father, two sisters and step-brother are still missing.

He is among the eight people who were rescued immediately after the landslide.

Young Boy from Oso from Snohomish HRT on Vimeo.

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