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.”
Mar 23, 2017 at 12:53pm PDT