For more than an hour late Friday afternoon, two workers dangled precariously 12 stories over the side of a Yonkers high rise.
The timing of the accident (just after 5 p.m.) made for instant drama: just add water and stir.
The men who had been out on the scaffolding were ultimately brought down to street level safely.
With choppers providing live video from the scene, viewers saw all the riveting images.
Although not all images were as riveting as others, Channel 4, for example, which shares the helicopter with Fox 5/WNYW, actually had a much grainier feed than their partner. Apparently, WNBC was overcompensating for the darker, albeit clearer, picture on WNYW.
WNYW, though, was late to get to the coverage, taking approximately 30 minutes longer than WCBS and WABC for their choppers to arrive.
Once all the stations were on air and up in the air, this played out right through the 6 p.m. newscasts.