Va. team helped rescue teen from Nepal rubble

KATHMANDU, Nepal (WUSA9) -- More than 5,000 have died as a result of Nepal's 7.8 magnitude earthquake. Close to 12,000 others were injured, according to authorities.

Aid is beginning to reach devastated communities, but authorities say about half a million tents are urgently needed for residents who have been sleeping out in the open.

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There is some hope, however, coming from the wreckage. Five days after the earthquake, a teenaged boy was pulled from the rubble.

The Fairfax Search and Rescue team, Virginia Task Force 1, was among the team who helped remove the boy from a collapsed apartment building early Thursday. "We worked with the local rescuers and rescued a 15 year old," said VA-TF1 member Chris Schaff.

The team, a team from California and Nepali emergency services worked more than three hours to rescue the teen, according to Fairfax County officials. People cheered as Pemba Tamang was pulled from the wreckage of the building, reports the Associated Press.

Members say his motorcycle that overturned next to him saved the boy's life. It held up the concrete slabs, giving him room to survive.

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The teen was transported to an Israeli field hospital, according to officials. Then, both teams returned to search and rescue operations.

Fairfax officials released photos from the scene of the teen's rescue later Thursday morning.


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