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Window washers dangle from 48th floor after scaffolding platform cable snaps

Two New Orleans window washers put prayer to the test on Friday, April 25, 2014, when one of the cables of their scaffold platform snapped, leaving them hanging hundreds of feet in the air outside of a high-rise building as WWLTV reported.

New Orleans window washers rescued from high rise building when platform cable snaps.
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Shortly after 9 a.m., a 911 call was placed to report a man hanging from the side of the Place St. Charles. When the New Orleans Fire Dept. arrived at the scene, contractors working in the building were already breaking and clearing glass from an office window. Jorge Gomez and Willis Everidge were then pulled safely inside.

Video: Window washers rescued from high rise

Gomez and Willis hung from the side of the building for approximately 20 minutes before the rescue crew could get to them. Both men were wearing their safety harnesses, which saved their lives. New Orleans EMS were also on the scene treat the visibly shaken men, but Gomez and Willis declined to accept treatment.

"I'm glad to be alive," Gomez said. "It was hell. I just asked God for strength to keep me alive."

Gomez has worked as a window washer for Acme Window Cleaning for 17 years and says he will be ready to get back to work on Monday morning.

"Jesus didn't want me dead," Gomez told reporters.

The Place St. Charles is the second tallest building in the CBD and stands at 645 ft. with 52 floors.

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