Emergency crews on Thursday rescued all 17 miners stuck in an elevator 900 feet underground at a central New York salt mine, officials said.
By 8:40 a.m. ET, the 17 men were hoisted to safety following the "major rescue" over nearly 11 hours at the Cargill Salt Mines in Lansing.
Shawn Wilczynski, Cargill's mine manager, said at a news conference that the miners had just started their shift late Wednesday when a steel beam linked to the two-level elevator appeared to break, halting operations.
A crane was brought in to assist with extricating the miners, according to the Tompkins County Department of Emergency Response. It said the trapped workers had been given radios and supplies.
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Wilczynski said the men, ranging in ages from their 20s to their 60s, stayed positive. "As is typical with them, (they were) joking, sharing stories, having a good time with each other," he added.