Brazilian mining company, Vale S.A. said that a rescue team is currently holding evacuation efforts for 39 miners who were trapped underground in Ontario, Canada for more than 24 hours after a mine’s entrance shaft got blocked due to a mechanical problem.
Vale said the rescue team had gotten in touch with the miners at the Totten Mine in Ontario, all of whom were in different “refuges” between 900 and 1,200 meters underground. The company added that no casualties have been reported.
Vale said, “We expect everyone to reach the surface by tonight.”
United Steelworkers President Nick Larochelle said, “We are working closely with Vale management and our highly trained mine rescue personnel which includes Local 6500 members. We are confident in their abilities to deal with these types of incidents. We will continue to work diligently until everyone returns to the surface.”
The company has assured that in the meantime, all of the miners are equipped with food, water, and medical supplies.
Vale explained that a scoop bucket that’s been sent underground loosened, which blocked the mine shaft and caused the incident.
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