What’s in His Arms? Mere Hours After Mud Covered the Land, These Men Risked Their Lives to Save a Six-Month-Old Baby From Washington’s Oso Mudslide.

These men scraped through mud and houses that were reduced to toothpicks, even as the ground was settling, these men risked their own lives to save a six-month-old baby. Wow.

At the end of March, a hillside in the northern Cascade mountains gave way after weeks of relentless rain. Just four miles outside the little town of Oso, Washington, a full square mile of mud slid down the foothills, damming the Stillaguamish River and blocking Washington State Route 530. It’s the type of thing we reflect on and has the rescue stories we cheer. But we somehow missed this one. These men scraped through mud and houses that were reduced to toothpicks, even as the ground was settling, these men risked their own lives to save a six-month-old baby. Wow.

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