All 17 miners stuck in NY salt mine rescued

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LANSING, N.Y. (AP) – All 17 miners who were stuck hundreds of feet below the surface in an elevator at the deepest salt mine in the Western Hemisphere have been rescued.

Cargill Inc. spokesman Mark Klein says the last two miners were raised to the surface by a crane around 8:30 a.m. Thursday at the mine in the central New York town of Lansing.

Their rescue ended an ordeal that lasted about 10 hours. Klein says the miners were never in danger.

Klein says the miners got stuck 900 feet underground around 10 p.m. Wednesday while descending to the floor of the 2,300-foot-deep mine to start their shift.

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