Window washers rescued from 69 floors above New York

TWO window washers have been rescued, after their scaffolding broke and left them dangling 69 floors above New York for two hours.

Initial reports suggest the cables holding the platform snapped after a mechanical failure, leaving them dangling precariously outside the 69th floor of New York’s tallest skyscraper, One World Trade Center.

New York City firefighters were forced to cut a hole in a window of the newly opened building and quickly pulled the men through the gap.


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PHOTO: ABC7 USA

The 104-floor tower, at the site of the destroyed Twin Towers, is the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere.

It’s been revealed the men are Juan Lopez, who has been a window washer for five years, and Juan Lizama, who has been on the job for 14 years.

Workers in nearby offices clustered around their windows to watch the rescue, which was also shown live on television, while police closed off streets around the building in lower Manhattan.

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