Published On: Wed, Nov 12th, 2014

Dangling workers rescued from World Trade Center 

World Trade Center Scaffolding: This photo,   from the Fire Dept. of New York Twitter page,   shows a window washer's gondola as it hangs from 1 World Trade Center,   in New York,   Wednesday,   Nov. 12,   2014. Two workers are stuck on scaffolding 69 stories above street level. A police official,   John Miller,   says the partially collapsed scaffolding is hanging at "a 75-degree angle." The Fire Department said the workers are tethered and communicating with rescuers. (AP Photo/Fire Dept. of New York,   Twitter)

 

Two window washers were trapped for more than an hour Wednesday on scaffolding dangling 69 stories up the side of 1 World Trade Center before firefighters were able to cut through the newskyscraper’s glass and pull them to safety.

The dramatic rescue occurred on the south side of the 1, 776-foot (541-meter), 104-story building, where the open-topped platform hung at about a 45-degree angle and swayed slightly in the wind.

The Fire Department said the workers were tethered and communicating with rescuers during their ordeal on the side of the nation’s tallest skyscraper.

A cable on the scaffolding apparently broke around 1 p.m. (1800 GMT), according to Joe Pentangelo, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which owns the building.

 

World Trade Center Scaffolding: A partially collapsed scaffolding hangs from the 1 World Trade Center in New York,   Wednesday,   Nov. 12,   2014. New York City firefighters have been called to the nation's tallest skyscraper,   where two workers are stuck on scaffolding 69 stories above street level. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

 

Rescuers could be seen dropping cables to workers and the fire department tweeted a photograph of rescuers inside the building looking at the dangling platform. At one point, another scaffold was inched down the same side of the building.

The opening cut into the thick glass was roughly 6 feet (2 meters) tall, even with rescuers’ heads as they stood at the precipice. The two workers were brought through it at about 2:15 p.m. (1915 GMT).

People on the ground had been moved back in case glass began flying. Office workers and construction workers streamed onto a nearby street, their necks craned upward to watch the scaffold as it is waved in the wind. Dozens of emergency vehicles lined the street.

The silvery skyscraper, which rose from the ashes of the Sept. 11, 2001, reopened just last week to 175 employees of the magazine publishing giant Conde Nast. About 3, 000 more Conde Nast employees are expected to move in by early next year, eventually occupying 25 floors of the $3.9 billion tower.

 

World Trade Center Scaffolding: A firefighter reaches through a cut-out window into a dangling work basket to rescue two workers from the 60th floor of 1 World Trade in New York,   Wednesday,   Nov. 12,   2014. The two window washers were trapped for more than an hour. The dramatic rescue occurred on the south side of the 1,  776-foot,   104-story building,   where the open-topped platform hung at about a 45-degree angle and swayed slightly in the wind. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

 

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