On Tuesday, 35 of the 39 miners trapped underground at Vale SA’s (NYSE: VALE) Totten nickel mine in Sudbury, Ont., had been rescued. The miners, none of whom had been injured, had been caught underground following an incident that occurred on Sunday morning. All workers reported to the refuge stations the place that they had meals, water and communication with the floor.
On Sunday, Sept. 26, a load-haul-dumper bucket slung below the cage turned hung up within the shaft, which means that shaft and cage entry was blocked.
The mine rescue crew reached the trapped miners by way of the escapeway ladder, and the miners started climbing out on Monday. A group of medical doctors is on web site checking every individual as they emerge. The final individual is anticipated to exit the mine by mid-day.
“We’re relieved and delighted to see these people returning to floor protected and sound,” stated Vale’s head of mining operations for Ontario said in a news release. “There isn’t a doubt that this was and continues to be an exhausting expertise. I remark them on the endurance and the resolve. I additionally wish to acknowledge the efforts of our mine rescue group and Totten responders who’re working tirelessly to convey their colleagues to floor safely.”
Manufacturing at Totten was quickly suspended, and Vale stated it’s assessing the mandatory measures to renew mining.
(This text first appeared within the Canadian Mining Journal)