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Nearly 1,000 Trapped Gold Mine Workers Safe Above Ground

  • Power was restored to Beatrix mine early Friday morning
  • Severe storm caused power-supply outage on Wednesday night
A bus transports some of the hundreds of miners rescued from the Beatrix gold mine shaft on Feb. 2.

A bus transports some of the hundreds of miners rescued from the Beatrix gold mine shaft on Feb. 2.

Photographer: Gianluigi Guercia/AFP via Getty Images

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The 955 mine workers who spent more than a day trapped underground in Sibanye Gold Ltd.’s Beatrix mine in South Africa following a power failure are all safely back on the surface.

A severe storm on Wednesday night collapsed power lines supplying the mine, located in South Africa’s Free State province, and caused a surge and outage at all three of the shafts, Sibanye said in a statement Friday morning. As a result, most of the Wednesday night shift couldn’t be lifted to the surface.