The mudslide in Snohomish County, Washington, has left 24 people dead, and that number is expected to rise with each passing day.
But incredibly, one lucky four-year-old was rescued by the Snohomish County Helicopter Rescue Team, and the entire operation was caught on tape.
The story here is of a tot named Jacob Spillers who was watching TV at home before the mile-long slide flattened his home and buried him under the debris. At the time of the calamity, his father and siblings were also in the home, but are yet to be found.
However, when the Snohomish County rescuers were hovering over the site in their helicopter, Spillers' blonde hair on the surface of the debris caught their attention. Within minutes they dug out the child and dispatched him for treatment.
"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," the rescuers said in their message accompanying the video. "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."
Despite several days of efforts, it is believed that nearly 100 people are still missing. Rescue operations have been slow due to the difficulties with the terrain.
"It’s like quicksand out there,” local fire chief Travis Hots told Time.com. “Some of my guys could only go 50 ft. in five minutes."