Two window washers rescued from 69th floor of World Trade Center

A picture tweeted by the New York City Fire Department appears to show workers trapped on scaffolding outside 1 World Trade Center in New York on Nov 12, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
A picture tweeted by the New York City Fire Department appears to show workers trapped on scaffolding outside 1 World Trade Center in New York on Nov 12, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
People take photos of a scaffold carrying two workers hanging 69 floors up at One World Trade Center in New York City on Nov 12, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
People take photos of a scaffold carrying two workers hanging 69 floors up at One World Trade Center in New York City on Nov 12, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Construction workers look up at a scaffold carrying two workers hanging 69 floors up at One World Trade Center in New York City on Nov 12, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Construction workers look up at a scaffold carrying two workers hanging 69 floors up at One World Trade Center in New York City on Nov 12, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
A stranded window washer is pulled into 1 World Trade Center in New York on Nov 12, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
A stranded window washer is pulled into 1 World Trade Center in New York on Nov 12, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Workers look out at a broken scaffolding that had stranded window washers earlier on the side of 1 World Trade Center in New York on Nov 12, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Workers look out at a broken scaffolding that had stranded window washers earlier on the side of 1 World Trade Center in New York on Nov 12, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Stranded window washers hang on the side of One World Trade Center Nov 12, 2014. Two window washers were rescued at the new World Trade Center on Wednesday after the cable secured to their platform snapped and left them dangling 69 floors up for near
Stranded window washers hang on the side of One World Trade Center Nov 12, 2014. Two window washers were rescued at the new World Trade Center on Wednesday after the cable secured to their platform snapped and left them dangling 69 floors up for nearly two hours. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW YORK (AFP) - Two window washers were rescued at the new World Trade Center on Wednesday after the cable secured to their platform snapped and left them dangling 69 floors up for nearly two hours.

Rescuers cut a window to reach the workers who clung to a platform suspended at a precarious angle at the south side of the building, a frightening 240m above ground at Tower 1 of the complex in lower Manhattan.

Some 100 firefighters were involved in the complex rescue operation at the building, which at more than 540m is the tallest in the United States.

Ambulances, fire trucks and helicopters were dispatched to the scene and the area around the building in downtown New York City was cordoned off.

The window washers were wearing safety harnesses and therefore were not in grave danger, authorities said, while forecasters reported light winds of 11kmh.

The building, which stands on the ground of the former World Trade Center that was attacked on Sept 11, 2001, re-opened only last week. There are already 175 Conde Nast employees working in the building.

The 104-storey edifice was designed by architect David Childs and has already become a New York landmark, with its clean lines, its spire top and glass and mirror facade.