UPDATE: All 17 Miners Stuck in Elevator at Salt Mine Are Out Safe

17 miners were trapped overnight in an elevator shaft at the Cargill Salt Mine

By ZACH WHEELER | zachwheeler@wetmtv.com, HAYDEN RISTEVSKI | haydenristevski@wetmtv.com

Published 01/07 2016 05:52AM

Updated 01/08 2016 08:40AM

8:35 AM UPDATE: All 17 miners stuck in an elevator at the Cargill Salt Mine in Lansing are now out safe. 

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8:24 AM UPDATE: 15 miners now rescued, last rescue trip going down now. All miners are in good physical condition and are being checked by EMT's and released to go home.

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7:50 AM UPDATE: The second batch of four miners out safely, according to the Tompkins County Department of Emergency Response. They said it takes about 45 minutes per rescue.

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7:00 AM UPDATE: The crane is in place and the rescue operations are underway. Workers are medically alright and have been receiving supplies throughout the night, according to Cargill representatives. 

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17 mine employees are stuck in an elevator below ground at the Cargill Salt Mine in Lansing, according to officials with the Tompkins County Department of Emergency Response.

The Lansing Fire Department, working with Cargill Salt, Inc. and assisted by other agencies, is coordinating a rescue situation at the mine, located on Portland Point Road.

Police said At 11:40 p.m. Wednesday, an emergency call came in to the Tompkins County 9-1-1 Center, reporting 17 miners were stuck.

Efforts are focused on ensuring the integrity of the system and putting in place procedures to evacuate the people from the elevator, officials said.

A crane has been requested and is en route from Auburn.

Further updates will be issued as this situation develops.

 

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