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2 window washers rescued from downtown high rise

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Images of the rescue from Chopper 8. Images of the rescue from Chopper 8.

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Emergency crews came to the rescue of two window washers who got trapped several hundred feet above street level Monday outside a downtown high-rise due to a malfunction on their mechanized work platform.

The non-injury mishap in the 6500 block of West Broadway was reported about 1:15 p.m., according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

A firefighter reached the stranded men by rappelling about two floors from the top of the 23-story structure. The rescuer then strapped one of the workers to his harness, after which they were lowered 16 floors onto a roof on a protruding section of the building, reaching it about 2:15 p.m., SDFRD spokesman Maurice Luque said.

The emergency personnel repeated the procedure for the second victim, getting him down safely roughly a half-hour later.

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