All New York salt miners rescued from underground elevator

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(CNN) — – All of the miners who were stuck in an elevator underground at a central New York salt mine have been rescued, according to Mark Klein, a spokesman for Cargill. All of the miners are above ground and doing well, said Jessica Verfuss, assistant director of the Tompkins County emergency response department.

All 17 of the miners are in good health after being trapped in the elevator 900 feet below ground, said Beth Harrington, an assistant director with Tompkins County’s emergency response department.

The miners were stuck in an elevator at a Cargill rock salt mine near Lansing, New York, according to Marcia Lynch, public information officer with Tompkins County’s emergency response department.

Emergency workers have made contact with the miners via a radio, and they all appear to be uninjured, said Jessica Verfuss, the emergency department’s assistant director.

Crews have managed to provide heat packs and blankets to the miners so that they can keep warm during an operation to rescue them, Verfuss said.

Details about what led to the workers’ entrapment in the elevator weren’t immediately available.

The mine, along New York’s Cayuga Lake, processes salt that is used for road treatment. It produces about 2 million tons of salt that is shipped to more than 1,500 places in the northeastern United States, Cargill’s website says.

The rock salt mine is one of three operated by Cargill, with the other two being in Louisiana and Ohio.

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