Dramatic rescue shows dangers of window washing job
Las Vegas is known for putting on some spectacular shows. Today, the show was high above on the 35th floor of the V Dara hotel on the strip. Window washers were stuck, and there was no way to get down, forcing a dramatic high rise rescue.
35 stories up in the air, stuck for several hours in 106 degree weather, but they had no choice but to wait after their platform stalled.
And they thought it was slipping.
Firefighters had to be called in to perform the rescue.
There really was no other choice because the window washers could not get the platform to work. They spent 3 hours rigging ropes and descending from the roof of the 46 story hotel to get the men in a harness, and lowered them to a landing below.
One by one they were brought down. In the end the firefighters were able to get everyone down safely.
They were all checked out for dehydration because of the heat, but they were all okay.
This situation has to be what every window washer in the world wants to avoid in their career.
FOX 10's Troy Hayden talked with Kenneth Piposar of Abseilon USA, who trains firefighters to do vertical rescues.