New Zealand mine: ‘No survivors’ after second blast

How tragic and sad.  All 29 miners are believed dead.

such a sad reminder that the joyous rescue of the Chilean miners was very much a rarity.

Supt Knowles said the second blast occurred at about 1437 local time (0137 GMT) on Wednesday. “It was extremely severe,” he added. “I’ve had to break the news to the families and they’re extremely distraught.”

The chief executive of the South Island mine, Peter Whittal, said his company would make every effort to retrieve the bodies of the men.

“We want our boys back and we want to get them out,” he told reporters.

Family members wept, shouted and fell to the floor after hearing the news, Grey District mayor Tony Kokshoorn said.

“It’s unbelievable. This is the west coast’s darkest hour,” Mr Kokshoorn said. “It doesn’t get worse than this.”

Prime Minister John Key called the disaster at Pike River “a national tragedy”.

“New Zealand is a small country, a country where we are our brother’s keeper, so to lose this many brothers at once strikes an agonising blow.

“Today all New Zealanders grieve for these men… We are a nation in mourning.”

via BBC News – New Zealand mine: ‘No survivors’ after second blast.


8 thoughts on “New Zealand mine: ‘No survivors’ after second blast

  1. Very sad and a reminder of how dangerous coal mining and mining in general can be. Sadly, coal mining is the most dangerous mining activity accounting for over half the deaths.

    In Kentucky we unfortunately become inured to coal mining deaths. Kentucky and West Virginia typically account for the majority of mining deaths in the U.S. 2009 was a good year, only 34 people died in the U.S due to mining accidents. 18 in Coal with 6 from Kentucky and 3 from West Virgina. However 2010 is not looking good, 47 coal mining deaths so far with 40 of them in Kentucky and West Virginia. 29 in one explosion in West Virginia alone.

    As bad as it is, it has gotten much better in the U.S. and other western countries. But then you have China with 4000 to 6000 deaths per year for just double the U.S. coal production.

  2. That is so terribly sad. I know a miner and he said they had all of these safety protocols to follow “if” something happened but also said they *knew* “if” something happened, they weren’t getting out.

  3. they *knew* “if” something happened, they weren’t getting out.

    how true. they know and keep it to themselves.

  4. So terribly tragic.

    We are incredibly dependent on fossil fuels because the market cost is cheap. But what about the cost of safety? Of lives? Of our environment? Don’t any of those costs matter?

    So with our dependence on cheap fuel, we put our fellow citizens at risk because they need those risky jobs and we need affordable electricity. It’s a sad cycle.

    My heart goes out to all of the families and friends left behind. I can’t even imagine the hell the men in the mine went through before they died.

  5. Mr. LT’s family are hard-rock miners, which is a little less dangerous, but not by much. at least gold doesn’t explode.

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