Miners freed after sub-zero ordeal.

Miners free after sub-zero ordeal


Eighteen miners have been rescued after being trapped in sub-zero temperatures in a pit cage in South Yorkshire.

The men were trapped for two hours on Friday morning when the cage at Maltby Colliery suddenly stopped as it descended a shaft.

All were suffering from hypothermia and three of the men were taken to hospital with neck and spinal injuries, which are not thought to be serious.

A spokesman for UK Coal said the men were "shaken" by their ordeal.

Medical treatment

The company said: "The men were on their way to the Parkway seam and had just passed an inset in the shaft when the incident occurred.

"Although the men subsequently walked out of the mine, all were shaken by their experiences in the sub-zero temperatures and received medical treatment before going home.

"Three men were taken to hospital for checks."

The Health and Safety Executive has launched an investigation into the incident.

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