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.
— FDNY (@FDNY) November 12, 2014
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.