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Window cleaners survive terrifying 12-storey fall from Sydney building

The two men fell onto the awning of the building they were working on. Both have been taken to hospital.

TWO WINDOW CLEANERS have been hospitalised after falling around 12 storeys from a high-rise building in Sydney after a cable apparently snapped on their platform.

The Guardian reports that the men were in a window-cleaning cage at the top of a building in the CBD when witnesses saw the cable snap.

It happened at around 11am (Tuesday) local time.

The men landed on the awning of the building, and paramedics rushed over to help them as emergency services responded.

A New South Wales Ambulance spokesperson told the Sydney Morning Herald that one man, aged in his 20s, suffered back and internal injuries. Another man, in his 50s, sustained serious leg injuries.

A witness told the paper how one of the men fell past the building’s awning to within 1.5 metres from the ground, suspended by his harness.

“He was yelling ‘help me, help me’,” the witness said.

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