The mission to rescue 39 miners who were trapped underground in Sudbury, Ont. continues today, with the majority already retrieved and others expected to emerge as the day advances.
The miners were trapped in the Totten Mine, west of Sudbury, on Sunday when a scoop bucket being sent underground detached and damaged the mine shaft. As a result, the conveyance system that takes workers to and from the surface was out of work.
Greater Sudbury Mayor Brian Bigger told CTV News early on Tuesday morning that 27 workers have returned to above ground. By noon, 33 miners have been retrieved.
Bigger said the main challenge for the mine rescue team was reaching the extreme depth to where the miners were located, with some at 3,000 feet below surface, or nearly double the height of the CN Tower.
Their employer Vale said miners have been staying in underground refuge stations, as part of the mining company’s standard procedures. The workers were also making their way out through a secondary egress ladder system.
“We thank the impacted employees for their patience and perseverance and the mine rescue teams for their tireless dedication and support,” said Gord Gilpin, head of mining for Vale’s Ontario operations.
Totten Mine opened in 2014, in Worthington, Ont., and produces copper, nickel and precious metals. Roughly 200 people are employed there.
With files from The Canadian Press