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NYU Student Rescued After Being Stuck For 36 Hours In 2-Foot Gap Between Buildings

 
NYU Student Rescued After Being Stuck For 36 Hours In 2-Foot Gap Between Buildings
Posted Monday, November 4th 2013 @ 2pm

(Jen Chung) Last night, the FDNY rescued a 19-year-old NYU sophomore who had been wedged in a two-foot space between a downtown Manhattan dormitory and another building for 36 hours. The student, Asher Vongtau, was found trapped on his right side; Fire Chief Joseph Schiralli said, "He was conscious, he was moving, he was definitely tired."

Vongtau went missing on Saturday—he was last seen at 7 a.m. and his friends became worried when he didn't respond to text messages. According to WCBS 2, "Friends said that they reported him missing on Saturday morning after a false fire alarm. He was discovered when somebody looked at a security tape that showed him in the stairwell at 80 Lafayette Street." One friend, Colin Chenel, said, "I saw him frantically running up the stairs while people were exiting the building because the fire alarm had been pulled."

Read More: Gothamist

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