Man dangling from 12th floor of Key Biscayne resort after scaffolding collapse rescued

A man was rescued Thursday afternoon after he was dangling from the 12th floor of a Key Biscayne resort after a scaffolding collapse.

Miami Department of Fire-Rescue Capt. Ignatius Carroll said the scaffolding collapsed outside the Grand Bay Club, leaving the man dangling on the side of the building.

Sky 10 was above the scene at 3 p.m. as firefighters were on a balcony speaking to the worker.

The man, who was being held up by a harness, was resting his left foot on the ledge of a window.

A member of the technical rescue team lowered himself down the side of the building to reach the worker. A second worker then assisted in lowering the man safely to the ground.

Firefighters Tim Gleason and Miguel Perez were the two firefighters who lowered themselves to the man.

“His equipment was so loaded and so tight that there wasn’t a chance for us to do something quick and easy like that,” Perez said. 

After securing the man on one of their lines, they inch him down to the ground. 

“He did have some numbness in his leg, and what we did was we helped him and assisted him to just try to reposition himself as best as we could until we had the city of Miami TRT team have two personnel hook him to their harnesses and bring him all the way down,” Key Biscayne Fire Rescue Deputy Chief Marcos Osorio said.

Carroll said the man was the only person on the scaffolding at the time of the collapse.

It wasn’t immediately known what caused the collapse.

The man was placed on a stretcher and taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center. He didn’t appear to be hurt but may have been dehydrated.

“That’s what we trained for,” Perez said. “We don’t necessarily think of ourselves as heroes. We’re firemen.” 

 

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Tourist beaten, robbed by taxi cab driver in southwest Miami-Dade

Police are trying to find a taxi cab driver who beat and robbed a tourist in southwest Miami-Dade County.

The attack was reported about 3:30 a.m. Sunday at an apartment complex on Southwest 122nd Place.

Miami-Dade police Detective Marjorie Eloi said Anthony Will, 29, of Denver, got into a yellow taxi cab after leaving a club and asked the driver to take him somewhere near Zoo Miami.

Because Will was unfamiliar with the addresses in the area, he recognized the apartment complex where he was visiting and asked for the driver to drop him off across the street, Eloi said.

As Will pulled out his wallet to pay the $70 cab fare, the driver became irate, got out of the car and charged at his passenger, Eloi said.

Will tried to run away but was tackled by the driver, knocking him to the ground, Eloi said. The driver then put Will in a chokehold and repeatedly beat him, Eloi said.

During the attack, the driver took $800 in cash from Will’s pants pocket before getting back into the cab and driving away, Eloi said.

Will was treated at the scene for abrasions to his face.

Anyone with information about the attack is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

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Surveillance footage captures packages being stolen from Miami Gardens home

A home-surveillance camera captured the moment a person walked up to a Miami Gardens home and swiped a box that was sitting by the front door.The thief was wearing a hoodie, and his face is clearly shown on camera, which was placed in front of the home…

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Miami-Dade police officer, second driver released from hospital after crash

A Miami-Dade police officer and another man have been released from the hospital after they were seriously injured Tuesday in a crash.

The officer, who police said suffered facial fractures and a concussion, crashed into a Chevrolet Malibu driven by Norbel Vargas, 30.

Police said the officer was attempting to pull over a third car at the time.

Vargas told Local 10 News that he’s at home, but is in pain and wearing a back brace because his back was fractured in the crash.

“It was just a big impact — a big impact,” Gigi Jolly, who lives in the area, said. “I saw something go up in the air (and) pieces were going everywhere.”

Investigators said the officer was trying to pull over another driver who refused to stop, but they stopped short of saying that he was involved in a chase when he crashed into Vargas.

“Police were chasing the car, and the car just shot straight through the stop sign,” witness Eric Readon said.

Witnesses said two sanitation workers pulled the officer to safety.

“He was like, ‘Get me out,'” one of the workers, Christopher Cummings, said. “So I reached in, and grabbed his bulletproof vest and pulled him out of there.”

Cummings, a father of four, said he was surprised to see the officer conscious. He said he sat with the officer until help came.

“He was still nervous and I said, ‘I’m going to pray for you,'” Cummings said. “He got up in the ambulance and they left.”

Witnesses said they are thankful that the officer, who has not been identified, and Vargas are going to be OK.

Detectives are still looking for the person whom they said the officer was originally trying to pull over.

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