I was wondering why there didn’t seem to be much mud on the 4-year-old rescued from the mudslide. After seeing the footage and reading the news reports – well, here we go again. Is it more faulty reporting, or is there something more to it? Let’s start with two still shots of his rescue:
Some of the reporting:
Jacob Spillers, who was stuck so fast in the mud that his trousers came off during the rescue…
[The co-pilot] said he saw people so thoroughly covered in mud that searchers could only spot them by the whites of their waving palms.
His helicopter rescued eight people, including a 4-year-old boy, who was up to his knees in concrete-like compressed mud.
The mud was so sticky, the rescuers were worried about getting stuck so the helicopter hovered about a foot away and the crew chief tried to pull him out. “He was suctioned in that mud so much that his pants came off,” Hrivnak said.
Video from the Snohomish County Helicopter Rescue Team shows the moment rescue workers made a remarkable discovery: four-year-old Jacob Spiller, wandering in the vicinity of what used to be his home.
So, was he stuck or wandering? The video, embedded below, seems to show a man pulling the boy from the mud, although he seems to begin doing so just as the camera focuses on him. You can clearly see the man remove the boy’s pants while the boy is in his arms.
The next sentence from Global News is quite interesting:
According to a post on the team’s facebook page, they were conducting training exercises on the morning of the landslide near Oso, Washington.
Wow. Another one of those practice-drill-at-the-same-time-as-a-real-disaster coincidences.
The boy, identified as Jacob Spillers, was at home with his father and three siblings when the devastating slide struck Saturday.
Luckily, the Snohomish County Helicopter Rescue Team was training 25 miles south of the mudslide, and was able to race to the town of Oso and rescue the boy just a couple hours after the disaster struck.
“He was stuck. He was sunk into that mud so well that his pants came right off,” said Ed Hrivnak with Pierce County Fire and Rescue. “The mud had compacted around him and had created such suction that he couldn`t move.”
The photo was taken by first responders just moments after they saved the life of a child. They’d spotted him nearly drowning in the mud.
“So, they brought him to us in the ambulance and I took all his clothes off, because he was freezing, wrapped him up and held him and told him I was a grandma,” said his neighbor, Robin Youngblood.
Youngblood says she comforted the child until his mother arrived at the hospital.
The four-year-old has been named by local media as Jacob Spillers. He was reportedly at home with his father and three siblings when the slide hit. They were all listed as missing on March 24. His mother, a nursing assistant, was at work when she learned of the catastrophe. She found Jacob by calling hospitals…
The Snohomish County Helicopter Rescue Team was training 25 miles south of the mudslide location when it hit, and was on scene very quickly. Jacob was rescued a few hours after the slide hit.
When the slide hit their house Saturday, Jacob Spillers was home with his father, Billy Spillers and three siblings – 13-year-old half-brother Jovon Mangual, 5-year-old Kaylee Spillers, and 2-year-old Brooke Spillers.
His mother, Jonielle Spillers, was at her job as a nursing assistant.
The Seattle Times reports Jovon’s father, Jose Mangual, is an Army staff sergeant. He says the Spillers moved from Seattle to Oso about two years ago. Billy Spillers is a chief petty officer stationed at Naval Station Everett.
The rescue video:
And check out these photos, which look as staged as those from Sandy Hook:
I’m not suggesting there was no mudslide. I’m just wondering what’s going on with the reporting. Like, who in the helicopter took the boy’s photo and why? Why can’t the media agree on the child’s surname? Why say the boy’s pants came off in the mud when the rescuer can clearly be seen taking them off? Is it a coincidence that the rescue team was conducting a drill when the mudslide occurred? If Sandy Hook was about gun control and the Boston event about Martial Law, if aspects of this event were staged, what’s the point?