Rescue crews cut through a window on the 69th floor of 1 World Trade Center and successfully plucked to safety two workers who dangled high above the ground for some 90 minutes Wednesday.
Crews rushed to the scene about 12:45 p.m. after callers reported seeing a broken scaffold hanging off the high-rise. Its cable snapped, the basket was dangling somewhere around the 69th floor, according to FDNY.
Crews appeared to be working from inside and outside of the high rise to rescue the workers.
Because the windows do not open, rescuers cut a human-sized hold in the glass near the scaffolding so they could pull the pair inside to safety, according to officials at the scene.
Footage from the ground showed a second scaffold – likely with rescuers inside – being lowered from the top of the 104-story high-rise. That second basket did not appear to be used further.
Opened to the public in 2014, 1 World Trade Center encompasses 3 million square feet and soars 104 stories into the air.
The elevation at which the rescuers were working raised concerns about wind hindering their efforts. Gusts were a variable 6 mph on the ground in lower Manhattan Wednesday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.
The broken basket appeared to be stable throughout most of the rescue and the workers were tethered inside, though the scaffold’s cables were swaying in the breeze.
It was not immediately known how the scaffolding came to dangle in such a perilous position. An investigation is underway.