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Raw; Dramatic Scaffold Rescue, Yonkers

Yonkers NY Fire Department rescued two workers dangling off a collapsed scaffold. A firefighter rappelled down the side of a high-rise building Friday to rescue two men who were dangling from safety ropes after their scaffolding collapsed.

The firefighter, Mike Girous, said afterward, "It was pretty fun."

The men, possibly painters, were trapped 12 stories above a street for more than an hour, secured by their safety belts, starting at about 5 p.m. News helicopters hovered above the scene in Yonkers, just north of New York City.

The workers were rescued one at a time. Girous rappelled from the roof, 26 stories above the street, to the man who was closer to the ground. Fire Commissioner Anthony Pagano said "one man was a little bit more secure than the other," so the less secure man was taken down first.

Pagano had said earlier that the men were secur

Added: Mar-5-2011 Occurred On: Mar-5-2011
By: bellava
Tags: yonkers, scaffold, rescue
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