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

Miami firefighters rescue worker at Grand Bay Club


KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. – 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.

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

"His equipment was essentially 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 inched him down to the ground. 

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 wasn't hurt but was being treated for dehydration.

"That's what we train for," Perez said. "We don't necessarily think of ourselves as heroes. We're just firemen." 

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