Window Washers Trapped Mid-Air as Rigging Swings Wildly Out Of Control

A lift at the top of the Devon Tower in Oklahoma city was hit by high winds while two people were on board on Wednesday

Two window washers have been rescued from a dangling scaffold above the roof of a almost 850-foot (259 meters) skyscraper in downtown Oklahoma City.

The workers were being lowered by a crane from the top of the Devon Tower when it started "swinging wildly out of control", according to the Oklahoma City Fire Department. Video from the scene showed the scaffold banging against the building, breaking windows and dropping shattered glass on sidewalks and streets below.

Around 8:30 a.m., officials said "the basket is now secured and firefighters are working to get the two window washers out of the basket".

Paramedics evaluated the men and both refused to be treated.

Crews responded to the Devon Tower, a 50-story corporate skyscraper, around 7:45 a.m. on Wednesday, May 15.

"We're thankful for the safety of everyone involved in this incident and rescue, and we're particularly appreciative of the response by the Oklahoma City Police and Fire Departments", Hager said.

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