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All 54 trapped miners rescued in Australia
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11:13, October 25, 2007

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All 54 miners who were trapped on Wednesday in underground emergency shelters in a gold mine in Australia after a fire broke out have been brought to the surface safely.

The blaze which started in a truck engine earlier Wednesday forced the miners to take refuge in underground emergency sheltersat Barrick Gold Corp's Kanowna Belle gold mine, 20km northeast of Kalgoorlie in the state of Western Australia.

The workers were gradually brought to the surface throughout Wednesday afternoon, with the last 16 evacuated by 5:20 p.m. (0920GMT).

"Everyone has been brought to the surface, so everyone is out safely and accounted for," Barrick Public Affairs Manager Celina Watt was quoted by Australian Associated Press as saying.

"They're hoping to get the truck out tonight and they're looking to have the operations up and running by the morning," she said.

A Department of Consumer and Employment Protection spokesman said no one had been injured because the mine's safety system was activated as soon as the fire broke out.

Safety inspectors are investigating and the mine will conduct its own internal review.


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