Just minutes ago, news sources in Washington State updated the number of confirmed dead in the massive landslide on Highway 530 to 14, leaving some100 local residents still unaccounted for.
Among the missing are Navy Commander John Regelbrugge III and his wife, Kris, who were listed as missing yesterday.
Commander Regelbrugge is a native of Bremerton, Wash., where he once served as a First Lt. aboard the nuclear-powered super carrier U.S.S. John Stennis.
Earlier this month Cmdr. Regelbrugge III was named as the Officer in Charge at the Navy’s large multi-operational installation in Everett, Wash.
Ground rescue operations have been painfully slow. The massive mudslide has left rescuers with few options with debris and mud as deep as 20 ft. in most areas.
All available manpower and rescue teams have been deployed to this slide prone area. Search and rescue operators are using K9 units, sonar, helicopters, and hovercrafts.
Aerial photographs of the massive mudslide are reminiscent of the area surrounding Mt. St. Helens following the eruption in 1980.
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