POLITICS

Miners trapped in Quebec rescued Tuesday night after 18 hours underground

05/27/2015 12:33 EDT | Updated 05/26/2016 05:59 EDT
PREISSAC, Que. - Nine miners who were trapped underground in northwestern Quebec have been rescued and are not injured.

Mine manager Sylvain Lehoux said that after being trapped for nearly 18 hours, the evacuated miners were exhausted but were able to talk to family members.

They were rescued by a tunnelling machine at the Iamgold (TSX:IMG) mine in Preissac in the Abitibi-Temiscamingue region. The miners were trapped after a wall moved because of seismic activity in the area.

Steelworkers representative Marc Thibodeau said the miners were in good spirits but added they were hungry.

One miner was freed earlier in the day and the other eight Tuesday night.

The company suspended operations for the day amid the rescue attempts.

Thibodeau expressed concern because it is the second such incident at the mine in four months.

In January, four men were trapped before being rescued.