NYC Firefighters Rescue Window Washers In Distress

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(CBS News) The New York Fire Department rescued two window washers stuck hovering at the 45th floor of a Midtown Manhattan high rise, CBS New York station WCBS-TV reports.

During the 90-minute ordeal, the window washers were suspended toward the top of the 46-story Hearst Building on 57th Street and 8th Avenue after scaffolding collapsed Wednesday afternoon.

Video showed a long, metallic scaffold buckled in the middle, creating a v-shape.

Rescuers cut a hole in the window parallel to the scaffold to reach the men, WCBS reports.

Reporter Vanessa Mudock reports that wind gusts were a significant factor in the rescue. Wind gusts were at least 25-30 mph at street level, but gusts at 45 stories are expected to be stronger.

The Hearst Building is famous for its unusual triangular framing pattern.

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