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(CNN) — Rescue efforts were underway Thursday morning for 17 miners who were stuck in an elevator below ground at salt mine in central New York, an emergency official said.

The miners were stuck in an elevator at a Cargill salt mine in Lansing, New York, according to Marcia Lynch, public information officer with Tompkins County’s emergency response department.

Emergency workers have made contact with the miners through a radio, and they all appear to be uninjured, said Jessica Verfuss, the emergency department’s assistant director.

Crews have managed to provide heat packs and blankets to the miners so that they can keep warm during an operation to rescue them, Verfuss said.

Details about what led to the workers’ entrapment in the elevator weren’t immediately available.