3 Rescued from Dangling 17th-Floor Scaffolding: FDNY

No injuries were reported

Saturday, Apr 14, 2012  |  Updated 12:13 PM EDT
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Scaffolding on the Upper East Side dropped on one side, and a high-rise rescue had to be performed. John Noel reports.

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Scaffolding on the Upper East Side dropped on one side, and a high-rise rescue had to be performed. John Noel reports.

Three workers who were dangling on scaffolding 17 stories above a Manhattan street were rescued by firefighters Friday morning, officials say.

Firefighters and police officers managed to bring the workers inside the luxury condo building on East 65th Street. No injuries were reported.

The scaffolding dangled across two windows, and one group of firefighters removed a window in a bathroom and brought a worker in, according to FDNY Lt. Bill Clark. Another group of firefighters did the same through the adjacent bedroom window.

A pair of NYPD Emergency Service Unit workers retrieved the third worker by rappelling down the building and getting him in through a window to the waiting firefighters.

The men on the scaffolding worked for a waterproofing company and were doing routine maintenance work on the building's facade when one side of the scaffold gave way, according to Gene Corcoran of the New York City Buildings Department.

One of the men rescued, a building engineer named Anmar, emailed the NYPD Emergency Service Unit detectives involved to thank them. 

"You did the most courageous work and I really can't thank you enough for risking your lives to save us," he wrote. "Thank you again and God bless you."

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