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  • 31 March 2014, 16:01

Good Samaritan Pulls Baby From Mudslide Debris

A baby was pulled from the debris in the moments after the deadly mudslide in Washington state, it has emerged.

Kody Wesson, 23, was driving when he heard the baby crying in the immediate aftermath of the March 22 disaster.

Mr Wesson ignored the orders of state troopers to stay back and climbed into the debris.

He searched in the mud and spotted six-month-old Duke Saddarth. The state troopers and other witnesses then joined Mr Wesson.

Duke's mother, Amanda Skorjanc, was nearby, but could not move as she had a broken leg.

"She said his name was Duke, I asked if I could take him out of there," Mr Wesson told CNN.

Mr Wesson then pulled Duke out and wrapped him in a coat. 

The baby was taken to hospital where his condition was reportedly improving.

Mr Wesson then also tended to Ms Skorjanc.

At least 21 people were killed in the disaster, which destroyed dozens of homes in the rural community Oso.

Thirty people are still missing.

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