Window Washers Rescued from Downtown High-Rise

NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – Jorge Gomez and his friend, Willis Everidge, are lucky to be alive after a scaffolding accident Friday morning at the Capitol One building in downtown New Orleans.

According to NOFD, the two window washers from Acme Window Cleaning were outside the 49th floor of the building at St. Charles Avenue and Common Street around 9 a.m. when a cable used to support a platform they were on broke.

“We come to clean the windows, it was the 49th floor when the cable popped,” Gomez recounted.

The two men were then left dangling from their safety harnesses outside the 40th floor. But thanks to some quick thinking from building staff and firefighters the men were rescued.

Gomez said they broke the windows where the men were hanging by and pulled them to safety.

Both men were not seriously injured.

“Jesus got my back,” Gomez said.

He also told WGNO he will be back to work Monday morning.

The below photos were sent to us by Hunter King.  He told us he was riding his bike down Canal Street when he saw emergency vehicles.

The Capital One building is located at St. Charles Avenue and Common Street in the CBD.  It’s 52 stories tall.

At this hour, firefighters are working to secure the scaffolding that’s dangling.