Mount St. Helens survivors Venus Dergan and Roald Reitan

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by KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on May 18, 2010 at 3:57 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 18 at 4:09 PM

Venus Dergan and Roald Reitan were camping along the Toutle River 38 miles away from Mount St. Helens when they were swept away by a mudflow. The 70 mph mudflow tossed them among huge logs, debris, mud and ash.

"It was like a bad horror flick," said Venus, who suffered major injuries.

The bark of the trees had scraped the skin off her arms and legs "like a cheese grater," she said. The two managed to eventually climb up a hillside and walk slowly to safety.

"Mother Nature rules," said Venus. "The human race is not #1 on this planet."
 

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