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Last Updated: Thursday, 4 October 2007, 11:46 GMT 12:46 UK
In pictures: S Africa mine rescue

Miners leave the mine during Wednesday night

Damage to a lift at Elandsrand mine in South Africa left thousands trapped underground for up to 36 hours.

Miners emerge from lift

Miners were brought to the surface in a lift normally used for mining equipment.

Women miners

Colleagues waited at the surface to meet those who had been rescued - by midday on Thursday, 1,000 remained stranded.

Workers bring jerrycans back to the surface

Miners were brought to the surface in small groups - and water was sent down to those stranded for many hours without supplies.

A miner is carried out of the lift on a stretcher

Some miners required medical attention, though no-one was seriously injured during the ordeal.

Satellite image of mine: AP Photo/GeoEye Satellite Image

The minister responsible for mining said safety laws needed to be tightened.

Miner punches the air as he celebrates a safe return to the surface

The miners were greeted with shouts of joy and whistling as they emerged from their long ordeal underground.

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