Disaster relief CEO becomes a mudslide disaster survivor

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Thomas Tighe in shock Tuesday morning as rescuers get to his house.
(Photo by Carrie Tighe)

There are many amazing survival stories coming out from the mudslide in Montecito, from a woman climbing out of her flooded Prius to scramble up a nearby tree, to a man rescuing a 2-year-old still alive in the mud. Normally, disaster relief organization Direct Relief CEO Thomas Tighe would be a part of the rescue efforts. He’s traveled to Puerto Rico, Houston and Mexico City to bring medical aid to victims. But this time, he became the victim.




Kathryn Barnes