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Three window washers rescued from N.O. highrise

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Posted: Apr 25, 2014 11:23 AM
Updated: Apr 25, 2014 11:23 AM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: window washers, rescued, new orleans, platform, st. charles, capital one

NEW ORLEANS - Three window washers were rescued after their platform gave way while they were working on a high rise building in New Orleans. The dangled on safety harnesses for about 20 minutes, hundreds of feet from the ground.

The men were working on the 53-story Capital One building on St. Charles Avenue when the platform gave way around 8:30 a.m. They were outside of the 49th floor.

Rescuers smashed out windows and pulled them into the building. The workers were shaken, but not hurt.

One of the three, 58-year-old Jorge Gomez, says there was no warning before one of the cables supporting the platform from the rooftop gave way.

IMAGE: WWL-TV

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