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Crews rescue men dangling from downtown building

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A viewer photo shows one tiptoeing on a window ledge, clinging to the wall before a self-rescue. A viewer photo shows one tiptoeing on a window ledge, clinging to the wall before a self-rescue.
Workers dangled 30-floors above the street on Tuesday when repairing the Sterick Building in downtown Memphis. Workers dangled 30-floors above the street on Tuesday when repairing the Sterick Building in downtown Memphis.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC) – Workers dangled 30-floors above the street on Tuesday when repairing the Sterick Building in downtown Memphis.

Crews rescued the men from the decrepit building around 9 a.m.

Two men were working in a high-elevation cart when a motor malfunction tipped the deck stranding the crew in a precarious position above North Third Avenue and Court Avenue.

A viewer photo shows one tiptoeing on a window ledge, clinging to the wall before a self-rescue.

"Both parties were caught by their safety device," said Memphis Fire Department Lt. Wayne Cooke."Both individuals were able to break out a window on another floor and enter that floor."

Co-worker Ronney Harris is relieved. He says going up never gets easy.

"I just want to say I thank the Lord that all our guys are safe," he said. "I try to pray every time I get on one of them. I don't care if it's 5 feet in the air. It still can be dangerous."

Witnesses say 20 hair-raising minutes passed before the men managed to crawl to safety.

While work did not resume on Tuesday, the deck has been leveled and repaired.

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