NYU student trapped between buildings, rescued

NYU student trapped between buildings, rescued

POSTED: Monday, November 4, 2013 - 9:03am

UPDATED: Monday, November 4, 2013 - 9:11am

A New York University student is recovering after being stuck in a two-foot gap between an NYU dorm and a garage.

Asher Vongtau, 19, was conscious and talking to firefighters as he was being wheeled away to an ambulance.  For almost two days, the NYU student was trapped between a parking garage and an 18-story apartment building.

"His legs were crossed, he was on his side, he was moving his right arm," said Deputy Chief Joseph Schiralli with the New York Fire Department.

Firefighters had to bust through a cinder block wall in the parking garage to reach Vogntau.  The rescue information lasted an hour and a half.

"We started IVs on him, heart monitor was hooked up to him, he looked like he was in pretty good health," said Schiralli . 

Vongtau reportedly vanished Saturday morning after someone pulled a fire alarm at an NYU dorm.

Witnesses said as other students were running out of the building, Vongtau was running back in.  That was the last time anyone saw him.

His phone was off and he hadn't checked into an NYU building in the last couple of days," said Colin Chenel, a friend of Vongtau.

His friends got worried after he was a no call, no show.  They went door to door asking people.  They also said they tried filing a missing person's report with police, but they were told Vogntau had to be missing for at least 72 hours. 

Finally, they suggested NYU security check the roof of the building.  They looked over the edge and saw Vogntau wedged between two walls.

"They would not have found him for who knows how long and he would probably be dead right now," said Michael Yablom, another friend of Vongtau.

It is believed Vongtau may have fallen through a fifth floor window, but for now it is just a theory in a bizarre accident.





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