July 14-The Seattle Fire Department’s Technical Rescue Team saved a window washer caught dangling 65 feet from the ground. A few minutes before noon, firefighters were called to McCaw Hall located in the 300 block of Mercer Street in Lower Queen Anne to find the man dangling by a safety harness about 15 feet from the top of the building.
The window washer told fire crews that he slid out of a seat and fell about 9 feet before his safety harness caught him. The man, who was in his 30’s, told fire personnel he was stuck about 20 minutes before somebody heard his cries and called 911.
The Technical Rescue Team responded with Ladder 7. While one team of firefighters went to the roof and prepared to rescue the man from above, another crew from Ladder 7 raised the ladder and was able to reach him from the ground. Firefighters found the window washer tangled up in his ropes. Once untangled, the window washer was able to climb down the fire truck ladder. Paramedics found the man to be shaken up but uninjured.
Once safely on the ground. The window washer thanked the fire department for rescuing him.