By Alexandra Sifferlin
Updated: November 12, 2014 4:27 PM ET

Two window washers were rescued from a scaffold whose cable snapped Wednesday afternoon high above the ground outside 1 World Trade Center in New York City.

Rescue workers were able to save Juan Lizama, 41 of New Jersey and Juan Lopez, 33, of the Bronx shortly after 2p.m. ET after a rescue team cut through glass windows of the 1,776-foot tower and pulled the two veteran window washers through the hole. According to CNN, the two were taken to Bellevue Hospital to receive treatment for mild hypothermia upon their rescue.

The cable snapped around 1 p.m. due to a “scaffolding malfunction,” a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey told reporters. FDNY first-responders arrived at the skyscraper after workers became trapped on scaffolding more than 60 floors above the ground.

1 World Trade Center is the nation’s tallest skyscraper, surpassing Chicago’s Willis Tower which stands at 1,451 feet.

— With additional reporting by Josh Sanburn and Maya Rhodan

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