Window washers rescued from wildly swinging lift

Window washers trapped on swinging lift from building

The two workers were in a lift near the top of the 844ft (260 metre) tower when the basket suddenly became loose.

Two window washers have been rescued from an "out of control" rig that was dangling off a city skyscraper and swinging wildly Wednesday morning.

Video footage captured the high altitude drama unfold as the cradle swung from side to side as well as back and forth. Roads in the area were cordoned off to protect people from potential hazards.

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Fire department spokesman Benny Fulkerson told Oklahoma television station KOCO that the two men were "tethered in" to the lift when the crane was swinging. "Firefighters are working to access this now".

The corporate offices of the Oklahoma City-based energy company Devon Energy Corp are located in the Devon Tower.

Within an hour, the window washers were "successfully rescued" and first responders were examining them for "potential injuries", the Oklahoma City Fire Department said in a statement posted on Twitter. It's unknown what caused the risky incident.

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