Video: Sky-high rescue

msnbc.com news services
updated 9/19/2008 12:26:47 PM ET 2008-09-19T16:26:47

A window installer plucked from a scaffold that teetered about 70 stories above a Manhattan street said he called his mother while he was waiting to be rescued.

"I didn't tell her where I was. I just said 'Happy Birthday,'" Dan Sandler said.

It took firefighters about 30 minutes Thursday to rescue Sandler and fellow worker Tommy Florio from the condominium building near Carnegie Hall.

Police and fire department officials had to use glass cutters to remove a window and pull the workers through to safety.

While their platform was hanging at a 45-degree angle, the men didn't seem scared, according to the New York Post. Florio "was cool," a witness working in the building across the street was quoted as saying. "He was smoking cigarettes."

After the rescue they had lunch at a nearby Hooters restaurant, where Florio ordered wings and Sandler had a grilled-cheese sandwich, the report said.

The men then went back to work — repairing a window broken during their ordeal.

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