Window washers dangling 69 storeys up saved by firies

TWO window washers trapped for more than an hour on scaffolding dangling 69 storeys up New York's One World Trade Centre building have been saved in a dramatic high-rise rescue.

New York City firefighters cut through window glass on the side of America's tallest building before pulling the two workers inside.

The dramatic rescue occurred on the south side of the 541m tall, 104-storey building, where the open-topped platform hung at a roughly 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 about 1pm (7am NZT), according to Joe Pentangelo, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which owns the newly opened building.

More on this at NZ Herald


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