All 17 Miners Rescued From New York Salt Mine – by Kate King (Wall Street Journal – January 7, 2016)

All 17 miners trapped 900 feet underground in a northern New York salt mine overnight were rescued Thursday morning, said a mining company spokesman.

The miners were working the day’s third shift and heading underground at 10 p.m. Wednesday when their elevator stopped, said Mark Klein, a spokesman for Cargill, which operates the mine in Lansing, N.Y. Emergency responders brought in a crane and used it to lower a basket into the mine to bring the miners up several at a time, he said.

The final miner emerged above ground shortly before 9 a.m. Mr. Klein said. No one was injured in the incident, and it’s unclear why the elevator stopped, he said.

“The cause will be investigated,” Mr. Klein said. “Our focus was on getting the miners out. The next step will be to look at what happened and how to fix it.”

The mine, which is 2,300 feet deep, provides road salt, he said.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he had directed a team of inspectors from the Office of Emergency Management, Office of Fire Protection and the Department of Labor’s Division of Safety and Health to investigate.

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