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Painters rescued after dangling from 120 foot tall water tower in Monroe County

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The two men dangled 120 feet off the ground for nearly an hour before being rescued. The two men dangled 120 feet off the ground for nearly an hour before being rescued.
Crews slowly lowered the men to the ground in a basket. Crews slowly lowered the men to the ground in a basket.
Both men were checked out by medics at the scene, but were unharmed. Both men were checked out by medics at the scene, but were unharmed.
MAYBEE, MI (Toledo News Now) -

Two painters had to be rescued by the Maybee, Michigan fire department after an accident at the top of the water tower there Wednesday.

The men were painting the tower when the basket they were using slipped and dropped out from below them. They were left dangling by their safety harnesses 120 feet off the ground. Officials say it appears a latch meant to hold the basket in place did not catch, causing it to fall.

After about 40 minutes, the two men were brought safely to the ground by the Maybee Fire Department.

"The men were lucky, that's 120 feet in the air I wouldn't want to be up there. They were just real lucky," said Maybee Fire Chief Rick Smith.

The two men were examined by medics once they reach the ground, and were uninjured.

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