Workers rescued after dangling off World Trade Center

Nov 12, 2014 3:42 PM by CBS News

Two window washers, who became trapped on scaffolding near the 68th floor of One World Trade Center, have been rescued.

CBS New York reported the incident began at around 12:45 p.m. on the south side of the building. Initial reports suggest the washers were done cleaning the windows and were about to ascend to to the top of the tower when the cable that pulls the scaffold up became loose.

Images from the scene showed the scaffolding dangling at a precarious angle as emergency responders from the Police and Fire Departments along with the Port Authority tried to get to the workers.

Members of the FDNY broke a window and pulled the workers to safety around 2:10 p.m.

The FDNY was in communication with the workers throughout the entire ordeal, CBS2 reported. The workers are said to be in good condition.

The workers were taken to a hospital with mild hypothermia, CBS Radio station 1010 WINS reported.

One worker has four to five years experience; the other has been on the job for 15 years, CBS2 reported.

The 104-story, $3.9 billion skyscraper opened for business last week. At 1,776-feet tall, One World Trade Center is America's tallest building. The building stands at the northwest corner of the site where the twin towers were destroyed in the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks.

The area around immediately surrounding the building has been closed off. The National September 11 Memorial & Museum has been temporarily closed as a result of the rescue operation.

Last year, the New York Fire Department rescued two window washers stuck hovering at the 44th floor of a Midtown Manhattan high rise.

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