Baby’s cries lead to mudslide rescue

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ARLINGTON, Wash. — Drivers on State Route 530 saw the immediate aftermath of the mudslide near Oso Saturday, pulled their cars over and ended up helping pull a crying baby from the slide debris, a witness told KCQP-TV Monday.

A 6-month-old baby and mother were rescued by the strangers from an area that was destroyed by a devastating mudslide in northwest Washington, said the woman, who did not want to be identified.

“We heard the baby crying in the background. We were standing there and you could hear the baby every once in a while, wasn’t all the time,” she told KCPQ-TV. “Everybody tried to be quiet and we heard it and tried to pick where the sound was coming from.”

She said four men took off toward the sound.

“The State Patrol tried to stop them and said, ‘No, you can’t go out there, it’s too dangerous,’” she said. “(One of the men) said, ‘I hear a baby out there.’”

They found the baby and wrapped it in a blanket, she said the TV station. The mother was trapped and had two broken legs — she didn’t see her child’s rescue.

The child is believed to have been airlifted to Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center in critical condition, but is improving, the hospital said Monday afternoon. The mother is recovering from her injuries.


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