Nepal’s Armed Police Force rescue a teenage boy, Pema Lama, from a collapsed hotel in Kathmandu six days after an earthquake hit the country.
KATHMANDU, NEPAL (APRIL 30, 2015) (REUTERS) – Teenager Pema Lama was pulled out alive from under a collapsed hotel on Thursday (April 30), five days after an earthquake hit the country and left him trapped.
Lama was rescued by Nepal’s Armed Police Force and carried on a stretcher and in a neck brace to a waiting ambulance.
The teenager had been trapped under rubble, but saved from being crushed by his motorcycle, rescue team official said.
Another U.S. rescue official said he was trapped by a piece of corrugated roof material, and had space to move.
The Nepalese Armed Police Force cut through metal objects in order to get close to Lama.
Lama was conscious, held the hand of one of his rescuers and looked towards a large group of photographers and television news crews as he was brought to safety, a Reuters photographer at the scene said.
A large crowd had gathered and cheered when Lama was brought out. Members of the security forces hoisted the rescuer, Laxman Basnet, onto their shoulders to more cheers.
“He said his name and he’s alright. He told me about the condition of that building and his situation,” Basnet said amid the crowd’s cheers.
Lama’s discovery came as a glimpse of hope in a country that has faced its worst earthquake in more than 80 years.
“This is the first time ever that we have ever rescued a live person after 144 hours. I think this is exceptional case around the world where a live person has been rescued from a collapsed structure. Thank you so much,” said D. B. Kunwar, the leader of the rescue operation.
As the death toll on Thursday neared 5,500, rescue teams toiled in pouring rain in the debris left by Saturday’s (April 25) deadly quake, as officials had said the chance of finding any more survivors was bleak.