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Window washers rescued from dangling scaffold at One WTC

Firefighters broke through window on 69th floor, pulled workers in

November 12, 2014 01:45PM

One World Trade Center Credit: Twitter via Zachary Prensky and Rex Sorgatz)

One World Trade Center and scaffold dangling outside the 69th floor of the building (Credit: Twitter via Zachary Prensky and Rex Sorgatz)

Updated 2:28 ET: Two window washers were rescued after a cable attached to their scaffold broke outside the 69th floor of the recently opened One World Trade Center.

Firefighters were able to cut through a window next to the scaffold and pulled the workers inside the building. A few minutes before, a rescue basket had been lowered in an attempt to extricate the window washers from the dangling equipment.

Window washers are usually connected to scaffolding with ropes or cables, according to the New York Post. The two workers were tethered to the scaffold.

As the drama unfolded, an FDNY spokesman told the newspaper that the workers were “in a difficult spot.” NYPD’s elite Emergency Services Unit also responded to the 911, according to the New York Post.

The 911 call came in at 12:42 p.m., according to the Wall Street Journal.[WSJ] and [NYP] — Claire Moses

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