Watch: World Trade Centre window washers dangling from 69th floor, rescued

It appears like a dramatic scene straight out of one of those Hollywood flicks replete with breathtaking action sequences, but as they say, truth is stranger and more interesting than fiction.

By Supriya Jha | Updated: Nov 13, 2014, 18:07 PM IST
Watch: World Trade Centre window washers dangling from 69th floor, rescued

New York: It appears like a dramatic scene straight out of one of those Hollywood flicks replete with breathtaking action sequences, but as they say, truth is stranger and more interesting than fiction.

In a dramatic rescue staged by New York's Fire Department (NYFD), two window washers were secured safely after rescue personnel cut through the window glass at 68th floor of the highrise 1 World Trade Centre and lowered another functioning platform for them.

The window washers reportedly kept dangling dangerously for over an hour and half at a height of hundreds of feets after the cables suspending their basket suffered a malfunction.

The Fire Department of New York posted a photo of their men at work while trying to rescue the window washers trapped on the scaffolding between 68th and 69th floor of the highrise.

According to the FDNY, the incident was reported at 12:42 pm on Monday when firefighters rushed to their rescue. The FDNY and PADP men “sliced through two layers of glass, cutting a 4x8-foot piece in the interior and 2x8-foot in the exterior” which was just enough to pull in the two men.

The rescue men then lowered another rigger from the roof and transfered the men from the disabled scaffold to the functioning one, the FDNY said in a statement.

 

The safely rescued window washers were then taken to Bellevue Hospital for mild hypothermia”, officials at the highrise said. 

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