17 trapped miners rescued after lift mishap

2016-01-07 21:03
The fourth group of workers emerge from a lift after they were stuck in a shaft in a salt mine in Lansing, New York. (Simon Wheeler, AP)

The fourth group of workers emerge from a lift after they were stuck in a shaft in a salt mine in Lansing, New York. (Simon Wheeler, AP)

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New York - Officials said all 17 miners were freed early on Thursday from an underground salt mine in upstate New York, 10 hours after becoming trapped in a malfunctioning lift.

The miners were going down into the Cargill salt mine in Lansing, New York when the lift stopped.

Fire department officials in the nearby city of Ithaca said the last of the 17 miners had been rescued from a 245m at the Cargill salt mine on Thursday afternoon.

"This brought to an end a rescue that lasted 10 hours in frigid temperatures that brought over 15 agencies together to bring the men up safely.

"A positive outcome to one of the most difficult rescues in recent memory!"

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