Student trapped between 2 buildings for more than a day

Student trapped between 2 buildings for more than a day

A 19-year-old sophomore who fell from the second floor of a New York University (NYU) dormitory and spent 1½ days trapped in a narrow shaft between two buildings is in good spirits, relatives said.

University officials and city police are trying to figure out how Mr Asher Vongtau tumbled into the shaft, less than 61cm wide, and sits between an NYU dorm and an adjoining condominium building and parking garage, AP said.

But yesterday, Mr Vongtau told the police that he was drinking at a party and later slipped and fell into the gap, the New York Daily News reported, quoting police sources.

Mr Vongtau's friends said they noticed him missing at around 7am on Saturday.

By late morning, they were posting messages on Facebook, asking if anyone knew where he was.


His whereabouts were a mystery until late Sunday afternoon, when a campus safety officer spotted the missing student's mobile phone on a fire landing at the rear of the building, then heard Mr Vongtau moaning.

Firefighters broke through two cinder-block walls to reach him.

Fire officials said he could have fallen from the roof of the 18-storey dormitory.

His mother Habiba Vongtau told TV station WABC-TV that her son suffered a broken arm and a cracked pelvis in the fall, among other injuries. He is being warded at Bellevue Hospital.

NYU spokesman John Beckman said the school was grateful he wasn't more seriously injured.

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