Dangling Window Washers Rescued From 1 WTC

Rescuers cut through skyscraper window to save both
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 12, 2014 12:36 PM CST
Updated Nov 12, 2014 1:32 PM CST
A firefighter looks out an opening cut into a glass window at 1 World Trade Center after rescuing two workers.   (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
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(Newser) – Phew. Two window washers who were dangling from scaffolding around the 68th floor of One World Trade Center have been rescued, reports CNN. Incredible images showed the scaffolding tilted at a sharp angle with the two men inside. Rescuers got them out by cutting through a skyscraper window and pulling them inside the building, reports the Daily News. Both seemed OK but were put into neck braces as a precaution. The newspaper identifies them as Juan Lizama and Juan Lopez.

One is a 14-year-veteran of the industry and the other a five-year veteran, reports NBC News. “They’re a lot older now than they were two hours ago,” former New York fire commissioner Thomas Von Essen tells WNBC. Authorities say a cable snapped as the men were working on the building, which just happens to be the nation's tallest.

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