BSFR officials detail rescue of construction workers after scaffolding collapse – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports

HALLANDALE BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Fire rescue officials described how a crew effort led to the rescue of two construction workers who discovered themselves dangling in midair after their scaffolding collapsed in Hallandale Beach.

7SkyForce HD hovered above first responders as they scaled a 23-story high-rise to save lots of the workers who have been suspended from the Hemispheres Condominium at 1950 S. Ocean Drive.

Saturday night, Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue officials detailed how they pulled off the daring rescue.

Officials mentioned the construction workers fell from a scaffolding when their gear gave approach, Wednesday afternoon.

Frantic 911 calls poured in because the pair dangled from the constructing’s seventh flooring.

“Scaffolding broke, and there’s someone hanging from the scaffolding,” mentioned a caller.

First responders arrived inside two minutes of these calls.

The county’s technical rescue crew crew made its solution to the roof.

BSFR Technical Rescue Team Capt. Brendan Branagan shortly laid out the plan.

“The way that the scaffold had collapsed, it had pretty much encompassed the first victim, and the second one, we didn’t want to manipulate that victim on the scaffold for the sake that, if we move it around, there’s a possibility of further collapse,” he mentioned.

7SkyForce captured a rescuer rappelling the facet of the constructing.

“The first victim was fully suspended in his harness, basically had nothing to hang onto,” mentioned Branagan.

“I don’t know if he’s hanging from his shoulders or what! That poor man,” mentioned a 911 caller.

BSFR Capt. Kristen Sargent was among the many first to reach on the scene.

“The first victim was definitely uncomfortable and anxious,” she mentioned.

Sargent was seen maneuvering a employee by the dangerous rescue, all of the whereas telling him it’s going to be all proper.

“I just assured them that we had rescue teams coming and that we were doing the best that we could and that we were going to get them down as safely as possible,” she mentioned. “Once we got the first victim down, and we had the scaffolding secured, then we were able to get the second victim down with the aerial.”

The course of took a bit of over an hour.

“We have to make sure that we take our time with rescues like this to make sure that everybody gets down safe,” mentioned Sargent.

They did. The crew hauled each males to security.

Paramedics transported each construction workers to the hospital, nicked and bruised, however alive.

“This isn’t something that we normally run on, but we definitely train for it, and we had a great outcome considering what it could have been,” mentioned Sargent.

The construction workers have since been launched from the hospital.

BSFR officials mentioned they may not have recued these males with out the opposite members on their crew.

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