A 19-year-old New York University student who went missing over the weekend was found trapped in a narrow gap between a dorm and a neighboring parking garage in lower Manhattan, where rescuers had to break through a wall Sunday night to free him.
Firefighters pulled Asher Vongtau from the space between the NYU dorm at 80 Lafayette St. and the neighboring building, officials said. An FDNY official said the space was between 18 inches to 2 feet wide.
It took firefighters an hour and a half to break through a wall in the garage and free Vongtau, said Fire Chief Joseph Schiralli.
"He was conscious, he was moving, he was definitely tired," Schiralli.
NYU spokesman John Beckman said in a statement Monday that the school had been searching for Vongtau since students reported him missing early Sunday. The search had included looking for him in local emergency rooms and tracking where his NYU ID had last been used.
After hours of searching, an NYU security worker looked in the space between the dorm and the garage and found Vongtau, conscious and moaning.
It's not clear how Vongtau became trapped there, officials said, though it was possible he had fallen out of a window or from the roof.
Authorities said he was taken to Bellevue Hospital in stable condition.
Beckman said the school is "very glad to say the least that student was found and rescued."