Distraught mudslide survivor tells how he dug a baby out from under FOUR FEET of debris after disaster in California

Wednesday, January 10, 2018
By Paul Martin

Berkeley Johnson and wife Karen fled on to their roof as mudslides hit Montecito
They then heard a baby crying at a neighbor’s property and went to investigate
Mr Johnson dug down through four feet of mud and found baby among rocks
He scooped mud from the baby’s mouth before tiny child was taken to hospital

10 January 2018

A distraught mudslide survivor has told how he pulled a baby from under four feet of debris.

Berkeley Johnson and wife Karen fled on to their roof in the early hours of the morning as mud, rocks and debris destroyed their home in Montecito, California.

Once the flood had subsided, the couple climbed down and heard the cry of a baby coming from a neighbor’s property.

Mr Johnson fought back tears as he described digging down four feet through mud before finding the tiny child among some debris. They scooped mud out of the baby’s mouth before the unnamed child was taken to hospital for treatment.

Mr Johnson told KSBY: ‘We don’t know where it came from but we got it out, got the mud out of its mouth. I’m hoping it’s okay, they took it right to the hospital.

‘It was just a baby four feet down in the mud in nowhere – under the rocks. I’m glad we got it out but who knows what else is out there.’

The condition of the baby is not yet known.

The couple themselves had a narrow escape after hearing the rumbling of rocks and mud approaching.

They ran into their house moments before mud crashed through the house, ending up 8ft up their staircase. They escaped through a window on to the roof.

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