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UPDATE: 2 workers safely rescued from scaffolding high off One World Trade center

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(NBC News) - UPDATE: Two workers were rescued after spending more than an hour Wednesday dangling 68 stories high from One World Trade Center after their scaffolding malfunctioned, authorities said.

Firefighters cut window glass to pull the men to safety shortly before 3 p.m. The men, who have been unionized window washers for 14 and five years, respectively, authorities say, had been dangling at a 75-degree angle in 7 mph winds from the skyscraper.

PREVIOUS STORY: Two workers were trapped Wednesday on a window-washing scaffold dangling 69 stories above ground off the face of 1 World Trade Center in New York, the tallest building in the Western hemisphere.

The workers were on their way to the top of the tower when one of the motorized cables supporting the scaffold snapped or came loose, fire officials told WNBC. Crews were trying to figure out the best way to rescue the workers — fix a cable or break a window to get them inside.

The workers were in harnesses and secure, and were not in imminent danger, fire officials said. Crews lowered extra harnesses for added safety, WNBC reported. Video showed the scaffold dangling at a sharp angle off the south face of the building.

The first office tenants moved into the tower last week, more than 13 years after the original World Trade Center was destroyed. The new tower stands 1,776 feet and 104 stories.

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