The first video footage of photographer John B. Mayer surviving the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks has been released.
In an Instagram post, Mayer said, “It’s amazing how you can look out from the window of your home and see the New York skyline.
I’m grateful for my life.
Thank you to everyone for being there for me.”
Mayer has been documenting the aftermath of the attack on the World Trade Centre since it happened.
He was captured on video from the second floor of the south tower, where he witnessed a massive explosion, then ran into the building, which collapsed into the Hudson River.
Mayer was working on a story about the collapse of the towers.
In the video, Mayer says he went down to the south-east side of the building where he saw people standing on top of the North Tower.
“I saw two people who were holding on to the north tower,” he says.
“I felt like, what is going on?”
“I thought maybe someone had to hold them off from the south side,” he continues.
“So I got up, and I looked around, and the smoke was everywhere.
And I thought, ‘Oh my God, it’s the World’s Trade Center.'””
The whole world was on fire,” he said.
Meal plans were on the way”I just thought I could just walk over and grab something to eat,” Mayer says in the video.
The north tower was on the other side of this building. “
As I ran, the fire grew so large.
The north tower was on the other side of this building.
I had to run through the fire, and then I just collapsed.”
Manno says he didn’t know what he was going to do next.
“We were on our way out, and we were about to go to the police station, and they were telling us to get out,” he told reporters.
“The next thing I knew, I heard this screaming.”
“They were saying, ‘He’s going to be okay, he’s going be OK.
He’s going on a mission,'” Manno said.
“It was an unbelievable feeling.”
Meyer says he was in shock, but he didn`t panic.
“As soon as I saw the fire was starting to get really bad, I got on the roof and saw the whole world.
And it was really, really intense,” he explained.
“But it was so amazing.”
He continued to document the collapse for the next few days.
“My job was to make sure that my pictures were all right, and everything was safe,” Mayer said.
“So it was a very long time until I got out of there,” he added.
Mannos mother, Mary, says she has been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from friends, colleagues and the media.
“This has been the most incredible, most wonderful thing that has ever happened to me.
I am so thankful to everyone, from everyone,” she said.