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A scoop bucket ‘elevator’ used to bring miners to the surface at the Vale’s Totten mine in Sudbury, Ontario detached Sunday, blocking the mine shaft and leaving 39 miners trapped about a mile underground with no way out except a long climb up a ladder.

There are rest stops on the way up, and the miners had food and water, but the first miner to climb out was higher than the rest and said it took him almost three hours to climb out from 1850 feet. Other miners were stuck over 3,000 feet below the surface.

Only six of the miner were still trapped as of yesterday; miners unable to climb to the top will be pulled up using ropes.

Source: Daily Mail