19-year-old Asher Vongtau is free after spending 36 hours trapped in a narrow space between a parking garage and a college dorm building.
The NYU sophomore was reported missing over the weekend. He was pulled to safety from the space just after 7 p.m. on Sunday.
It took firefighters close to two hours to break through a wall to free Vongtau from the narrow space, after getting a call that he was trapped there just after 5 p.m. Sunday, according to the FDNY. Vongtau was taken to Bellevue Medical Center, fire officials said. “Spoke to Asher, he’s in good spirits. his mother and I are grateful to God for this gift! Thnx for ur prayers!” the boy’s father, Lulufa Vongtau, wrote on Twitter at 11:35 a.m. Monday.
Vontgau had been partying in a friend’s room at Lafayette Hall on Friday night and was last seen leaving the dorm to “get some air” Saturday morning. After hours passing by and no sign of Vontgau, his friends began searching for him around the premises.
Eventually, an officer found Vontgau’s phone on the roof of the Lafayette street building and saw him below wedged between the properties.
Vongtau fractured his pelvis, arm and skull and had bruises on his lung and spleen from the fall. University officials got involved, after being notified of his disappearance Sunday morning.
How he got between the buildings, or on top of the roof for that matter, remains a mystery as Vontgau does not remember much from the incident.
What a bizarre case.
Either way, we’re glad that Asher Vongtau is safe and sound.
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