Teen caught in Montecito, California mudslide rescued after 6 hours (video)

Posted at 4:57 PM, Jan 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-09 16:57:56-05

MONTECITO, CA -- An alert firefighter heard a faint cry for help which set off a painstaking rescue from a California mudslide.

Crews worked for six hours to free a 14-year-old girl, trapped in what was left of her home in Montecito, California near Santa Barbara.

She appeared to not have any serious injuries. 

Rescuers were checking debris piles in the neighborhood when they heard her muffled screams.

Quickly getting to work, on a very slow process.  They meticulously moved debris, trees, and pieces of her house, one by one, trying to prevent anything from shifting and crushing her. 

"We've had the rains that have come in and brought down all this down all the, the silt from the recent fire," said Andy Rupp with the Montecito Fire Department.

At least people have died in the mudslides.