The mine in Kristineberg in Lycksele. Photo: Örjan Holmberg/SverigesRadio
The mine in Kristineberg in Lycksele. Photo: Örjan Holmberg/SverigesRadio

Trapped miners rescued

Two people were trapped in a mine in Lycksele in northern Sweden following an explosion that occurred in the mine around noon on Saturday. Four hours later they had all been rescued, news agency TT reports.

According to police at the scene, the explosion was caused by a truck that caught fire some 1,200 metres below the surface. The fire was put out fairly quickly but the smoke it had caused made the rescue operation more difficult. 

23 out of the 25 miners managed to make it to a safe part of the mine to await evacuation, but the rescue team had to send down smoke divers to get to the remaining two. One man sustained minor injuries.

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