New York City firefighters on Wednesday afternoon rescued two window washers who became suspended 69 stories above the street while working at the newly completed 1 World Trade Center.
The workers, who were harnessed to the scaffolding of the window-washing equipment, were uninjured, the authorities said.
Shortly before 2 p.m., firefighters could be seen cutting a hole through a window near the platform, assembling inside and pulling the workers to safety.
Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro was succinct in summing up the efforts made during the day: “The results today — two men are going to go home tonight.”
Mayor Bill de Blasio, speaking at a news conference in Lower Manhattan, called the rescue “an extraordinary effort by the F.D.N.Y.”