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Miners Trapped 70 Stories Below Ground Rescued In Upstate New York

As of 8:30 Thursday morning all 17 trapped workers were rescued.

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Seventeen workers were rescued after being trapped overnight in an elevator 775 feet down an access shaft at the Cargill salt mine in Lansing, New York.

The workers were at the start of their shift when the elevator became stuck in the shaft, that descends 2,300 feet into the ground, according to the Ithaca Journal.

The miners became trapped around 10:20 p.m. Wednesday and by 8:30 a.m. Thursday they were all rescued.

Cranes arrived at the scene and lowered a basket which rescued two to three workers at a time, with the rescue basket taking about 45 minutes round trip. The Tompkins County Department of Emergency Response said were able to give the trapped miners radios and supplies overnight.

The Cargill mine, located beneath Cayuga lake, produces salt that is used for de-icing and has been in operation since 1921. It was taken over by Cargill in 1970.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued a statement Thursday thanking first responders for their work and calling for an investigation at the mine.

"I have 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 the site to do a full investigation into the circumstances surrounding last night's incident. The health and safety of New York's workforce is paramount and every step will be taken to ensure this incident is not repeated in the future, and anyone potentially at fault is held accountable," Cuomo said.

Mary Ann Georgantopoulos is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

Contact Mary Ann Georgantopoulos at maryann.georgantopoulos@buzzfeed.com.

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