Rescuers pledge all to find survivors of deadly US mudslide


Mon, Mar 24, 2014 - Page 6

Rescue crews searched into the night for survivors from a massive mudslide in Washington State that killed at least three people, after hearing voices from the debris field pleading for help.

The slide of mud, trees and rocks happened on Saturday morning and left several people — including an infant — critically injured and destroyed at least six houses.

Snohomish County Fire District 21 Chief Travis Hots said at a news briefing that searchers were not giving up hope of finding more people.

“We have people who are yelling for our help and we are going to take extreme risks,” Hots said.

It was not clear how many people might still be alive, he added.

The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office reported that two people had been killed at the scene. Authorities later said that one person who was rescued died at a hospital.

The injured included a six-month-old boy who was in critical condition at Harborview Medical Center in the city of Seattle.

Hospital spokeswoman Susan Gregg said two other victims were in critical condition: an 81-year-old man and a 58-year-old man, while a 37-year-old man was in serious condition.

One eyewitness told the Daily Herald that he was driving on the roadway and had to brake quickly to avoid the mudslide.

“I just saw the darkness coming across the road. Everything was gone in three seconds,” Paulo Falcao told the newspaper.