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Window washers rescued from scaffold

June 21, 2010
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NEW YORK — Two window washers were hoisted to safety after their scaffolding collapsed near the top of an Upper West Side building Wednesday morning, according to The Daily News.
Firefighters tossed ropes from the roof of the seven-story office building at about 8 a.m. to reach Jesus Ayala, 45, and his 46-year-old colleague, Robert Kauffman, after failed attempts to grab the dangling pair from the windows, which do not open, the article stated.
"I was scared at first," said a shaken Ayala. "But we tried to stay calm. We tried not to panic."
Battalion Chief Nick Corrada said firefighters expected the scaffolding to plummet to West End Ave. at any moment.
"It could have dropped anytime," he said. "We had to get them off of there fast."
The 15-year squeegee vet said it wasn''t the first time he''d been left hanging hundreds of feet in the air, and that he was rescued from a similar disaster just a few years ago.
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