Two Window Washers Stuck 30 Feet Above Ground Rescued After Rope Break
Firefighters responded to Friendship Heights with a ladder
Firefighters rescue window washers stuck on the Chevy Chase Metro Building in Friendship Heights. Via Pete Piringer/Twitter
A broken rope left two window washers suspended about 30 feet in the air before they were rescued by a team of firefighters Tuesday morning, a rescue official said.
A “malfunction” with one rope caused both workers to be stranded on the Chevy Chase Metro Building in Friendship Heights, Montgomery County Fire & Rescue spokesman Pete Piringer said. Using a firetruck with a ladder and bucket, firefighters were able to bring both to the ground safety after about 15 minutes.
Medics transported one worker to a local hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, he said.
Because their safety gear held them in place, the two men were not in danger of falling, but were also unable to get down, Piringer said.
Firefighters had prepared for a technical rescue, but found the situation to be relatively uncomplicated, he said.