All workers safe after rescue out of mine in Canada
The last four miners trapped deep below the surface in the Totten Mine near Sudbury, Ontario, have climbed to safety. Mine owner Vale says 39 workers in all climbed a series of ladders with the aid of rescue crews.
The company says the last miner reached the surface shortly before 5 a.m. The workers became trapped on Sunday when a scoop bucket being sent underground detached and blocked the mine shaft.
Some of the miners were trapped as deep as 1,200 meters (nearly 4,000 feet) below the surface.
Nick Larochelle, the president of the United Steel Workers Union said the operation that saw 39 workers climb a series of ladders with the aid of rescue crews is complete.
Vale said the workers stayed in underground "refuge stations" and had access to food, water and medicine before climbing out.
The province’s Ministry of Labor, Training and Skills Development said an inspection team will investigate the incident.
The Totten Mine opened in 2014 and produces copper, nickel and precious metals. It employs about 200 people.