Dramatic video shows first rescue after Oso landslide

DARRINGTON, Wash. -- A wolf is both a predator and a protector. Robin Youngblood says that spirit animal of her Native American faith kept her alive, and she won't let go of a painting that proves it.

Youngblood was lifted on the first rescue helicopter in the first hours of the slide in Oso last month.

Her house was leveled like many others, but she and rescue crew member Randy Fay were able to save her only possession.

"It's a Cherokee night warrior and the title of the painting is 'Wolf Vision,'" she said.

Newly-released video from the Snohomish County Sheriff's office shows Fay helping save the painting after Youngblood was put into the rescue chopper.

"If that's the first dot in reconnecting and building her life, I'm glad we were able to do that," Fay said, choking back tears.

Youngblood said the painting bobbed on the surface of the muddy water and came right up next to her as she waited for the helicopter.

"For me it was sort of a sign that the Creator was protecting us and that we were going to make it out of there," Youngblood said.

Fay and Youngblood met last week and were able to hug and speak to each other for the first time since the rescue. They held each other just like they did that dark Saturday.

Youngblood says the wolf guided them and kept them safe, as it was meant to be.

"Again, seeing it float up there, when everything else was matchsticks let me know that we were going to make it through this thing," she said.