On my way back to the office, I saw a number of Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue vehicles stopped at the White Egret condominium so I decided to investigate. Here was the scene when I arrived...
Something broke or malfunctioned on a scaffold and two workers were left holding on for their lives, fifteen floors up. One was still holding on to the scaffold while another was dangling in mid air, held up by his safety line.
As I arrived, a Fort Lauderdale fire engine was raising its ladder to begin the rescue. Firefighters were also in the building and on the roof.
A firefighter on the roof of the 17 story apartment building was lowered to the man clinging to the scaffold. Once connected to the firefighter, the worker was able to release himself from the scaffold and was brought to safety through a nearby apartment window. One man safe, one to go.
I was in the middle of shooting the rescue, when a woman from the building came up to me and demanded to know if my truck was parked in a guest space. I raised an eyebrow and looked around. The building was surrounded by fire engines and rescue vehicles, two men were being rescued as they held on for their lives fifteen floors up, three television news helicopters were circling in the air, police had closed off the area with yellow "Do Not Cross" tape, and this woman wants to know if I'm in a guest space. I told her I didn't know and kept shooting. This is why I won't live in a condo.
The second worker had to be lifted a bit so his safety line could be disconnected. Another firefighter was lowered from the roof to assist the firefighter on the ladder and the second worker was brought to safety. A happy ending and a great job by Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue.
Finally, a shot of the Local 10 News truck. Watch a video clip on their web site.
14 Aug 2008 11:26am
"I can literally feel the intensity of the Fort Lauderdale firefighters at work just from these still photos that were shot. Awesome job Robert!"