A rescue operation is underway to release 955 workers from a gold mine in South Africa after a power cut left them trapped.
A spokesman for the mine’s operating company said on Friday morning that power had been restored to a lift to release them.
The miners have been trapped underground since Wednesday night.
South Africa is a leading gold producer, but safety in the industry is often questioned.
The Beatrix mine is in Welkom town, about 290km (180 miles) south-west of Johannesburg. It is owned by Sibanye-Stillwater mining firm.
It has 23 levels, going down to 1,000 metres (3,280 ft) below ground.
The workers are expected to get taken for food and showers upon their release, before having medical health checks.
A reporter for the AFP news agency said several ambulances arrived overnight at the site.
Company spokesman James Wellsted said there was “no indication so far that anyone has been in distress”, but …
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