17 Miners Stuck Below 800 Feet in NY


New York: Emergency crews are trying to free 17 miners trapped in an elavator that stopped working at Catuga Salt Mine in Lansing on Thursday, New York, according to Tompkins County Emergency Response.

Officials say the miners are not injured and emergency crews have made contact with them via radio. Teams from Lansing Fire Department, Ithaca Fire Department and others, are on the scene to assist in the rescue.

A statement from Tompkins County Emergency Management says, “At 11.40pm Wednesday an emergency call came in to the Tompkins County 9-1-1 Center, reporting 17 mine employees stuck in an elevator below ground. Efforts are focused on ensuring the integrity of the system and putting in place procedures to evacuate the people from the elevator.”

“A crane has been requested and is enroute from Auburn,” the statement read.

Miners have been given heat packs and blankets to keep warm during the operation. The mine is owned by Cargill and is operational.

Source: ABC news