• Oso mudslide survivor sees rescue video for the first time

    By: Natasha Chen


    Oso, Wash. - For the first time since the mudslide, Robin Youngblood got to see video of her own rescue.

    KIRO 7 first met Youngblood at the Red Cross shelter in Arlington, hours after she was saved by the Snohomish County Helicopter Rescue Team. 

    “I can’t sleep very well at night. I hear a noise and it’s like the mud coming again. I see it when I close my eyes,” Youngblood said. 

    But Wednesday, Youngblood actually saw the video of rescue teams hoisting her out of the mud and into the air. The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office got her permission to post the video, but she had not seen it until KIRO 7 showed it to her. 

    “That’s my house. There’s nothing left of it,” Youngblood said, as she saw the bird’s eye view of debris where her home used to be. 

    Youngblood had been in her house with her friend, when the mudslide hit. They managed to climb on top of appliances as they waited for help. 

    Hovering over the damage, rescue teams hoisted first her friend, then her, to safety. 

    “They’re miracle workers. I wasn’t sure how they were even going to get us out of there,” she said.

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