17 Trapped Miners Rescued in Stuck Elevator at Cargill Cayuga Salt Mine, Lansing, NY


Mining rescue professionals, Lansing Fire Department and Ithaca Fire Department firefighters responded overnight Wednesday to early Thursday morning to release 17 miners trapped in an elevator at Cargill salt mine more than 70 stories below ground in upstate New York.

Workers were trapped in an elevator 775 feet down an access shaft that become stuck Wednesday night in .

A crane was rushed to the scene to assist with rescuing the miners. Rescuers were able to send the trapped workers radios and supplies.

The first four miners of the seventeen trapped were brought to the surface by about 6:58 a.m. ET. Ithaca Fire Department reported at 8:37 a.m. ET that the last of 17 miners were rescued at 8:30 a.m. ET.

No injuries were reported.

A crane from Auburn has arrived on scene to assist at the rescue at Cargill salt mine

Posted by Ithaca Fire Department on Thursday, January 7, 2016

At 8:30 am, the last of 17 miners were rescued from a shaft 800 feet down at the Cargill salt mine. This brought to…

Posted by Ithaca Fire Department on Thursday, January 7, 2016

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