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KATHMANDU, Nepal — Rescuers in Nepal have pulled a man from the wreckage of a building where he was stuck for a staggering 80 hours after the devastating earthquake that hit the country on Saturday.

His survival is unusual, as experts say it’s rare for injured people who are trapped to hold out for longer than 72 hours after a disaster.

The man was saved after a French search and rescue team located him under the rubble on the outskirts of Kathmandu, the capital, around noon Tuesday, said Pushparam KC, a spokesman Armed Police Force of Nepal. The team used specialized gear that detects signs of life, he said.

But it took about another 10 hours for the French team and armed police officers to dig him out, the spokesman said.

A police video of the rescue showed the teams drilling through concrete to reach the man’s location and then hauling him up through the hole. They then carried him out of the ruined building on a stretcher.

The armed police official didn’t provide the man’s name or age, but the news agency Reuters reported that he is 28-year-old Rishi Khanal.

“It seems he survived by sheer willpower,” said Akhilesh Shrestha, a doctor who treated Khanal, according to Reuters. Khanal was reported to possibly be suffering from a broken leg.

By Jethro Mullen and Elizabeth Joseph