Nepal Earthquake: Teen Pulled From Rubble Alive Five Days After Disaster – NBCNews.com
KATHMANDU, NEPAL — Crowds erupted in cheers on Thursday as a teen boy was pulled alive from the rubble of a collapsed building five days after Nepal’s catastrophic earthquake.
The dramatic rescue came as the official death toll from Saturday’s disaster rose above 5,500.
A group of international rescue teams — including Virgina’s Fairfax County Urban Search & Rescue — had been working for around six hours using an excavator, jacks, saws and shovels to free the teen Thursday.
The boy was pulled out of a small hole dusty but conscious, immediately put onto a backboard and moved a few feet away. He was given water and an IV before being placed in an ambulance. Rescuers told NBC News the teen was conscious and talking.
Scores of bystanders broke out in cheers as they saw the survivor get loaded into the ambulance.
On Wednesday, a 27-year-old man was pulled from the rubble 82 hours after the quake. He said he had drunk his own urine to survive.