NEW YORK (WABC/CNN) - A college student in New York City is recovering from a harrowing weekend.
He spent nearly two days trapped in a two-foot crevice between a an 18 story dorm building and a parking garage.
Firefighters had to bust through a cinder block wall in order to save 19-year-old Asher Vongtau.
Not only was he alive, but he was conscious, even talking to rescue workers as they wheeled him to the ambulance.
"We started IV's on him, heart monitor was hooked up to him, he looked like he was in pretty good health," Deputy Chief Joseph Schiralli said.
According to CNN affiliate WABC, Vongtau 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," friend Colin Chenel said.
Desperate to find their friend, they pleaded with NYU security to check the area.
It was only then that a security worker finally discovered Vongtau, moaning, helplessly crammed between buildings.
"They would not have found him for who knows how long and he would probably be dead right now," friend Michael Yablom said.
Though Vongtau is said to be in stable condition, just how he got stuck remains a mystery.
Police and fire crews immediately responded to the scene after Vongtau was found.
It took them an hour and a half to rescue the teen.
Officials are investigating how he got stuck in the space.
One theory is that he may have fallen from the roof or through a window.
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