Sam Morris / Las Vegas Sun
Published Wednesday, July 25, 2012 | 1:51 p.m.
Updated Wednesday, July 25, 2012 | 5:37 p.m.
The four window washers who were trapped outside the 35th floor of the Vdara Hotel at CityCenter are safely on solid ground after their rescue by Clark County and Las Vegas firefighters.
The rescues, once a plan was devised, took just over an hour and required the teamwork of more than two dozen firefighters, including Las Vegas Fire and Rescue's technical rescue team.
Emergency workers responded shortly before noon Wednesday and developed a high-angle rescue plan, county spokesman Stacey Welling said. It’s unclear how the window washers became trapped.
To reach the window washers, a member of the rescue team was lowered from the top of the hotel to the window washers' basket, where one worker at a time was placed in a harness and lowered along with the firefighter to the roof of a third-floor landing area, Welling said.
At 1:48 p.m., the rescue team started lowering the first window washer, Welling said. The final worker was lowered about 2:50 p.m. and safely reached solid footing several minutes later.
Hotel safety officials will review the incident as part of MGM Resorts’ standard policy, company spokeswoman Yvette Monet said.
Vdara Hotel & Spa is an internationally inspired all-suite hotel and spa designed for those who love the excitement of Las Vegas but prefer to enjoy it in an exclusive, non-gaming, smoke-free setting.
The holistic spa, luxurious pool and intimate meeting space combined with a sophisticated vibe at Bar Vdara and a casual eatery and marketplace at Market Café create a warm and inviting environment within this AAA Four Diamond hotel.
Located between ARIA Resort & Casino and Bellagio, Vdara offers access to all of the entertainment, gaming, shopping, dining and nightlife at CityCenter and in Las Vegas, while also providing a retreat from it all.