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The New Zealand miners.

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LetThereBeRock Tue 23-Nov-10 12:15:51

I haven't seen a thread on this yet,apologies if there is one.

It isn't looking good is it?sad Though I suppose there's still a chance. I'd love to see a similar outcome to the Chilean mine disaster.

sharon137 Wed 24-Nov-10 05:55:15

All confirmed dead now after a second explosion. just horrible, horrible. Cannot even comprehend what those families have gone through and wlil go through.

ZacharyQuack Wed 24-Nov-10 08:12:23

Terrible news. Those poor families. sad

HowsTheSerenity Wed 24-Nov-10 08:22:13

I have a lot of NZ mates whose relative work in the mines. Luckily none were at this mine.
I think the waiting would have been the worst, the not knowing.
Horrible as it is that they are all dead, at least the families and friends know now and can start to greive.

sharon137 Wed 24-Nov-10 08:27:32

You just can't imagine what they are going through can you. Utterly unthinkable.

4andnotout Wed 24-Nov-10 08:27:40

It's so sad

wahine12 Wed 24-Nov-10 08:35:33

There are 32,000 people on the West Coast of the South Island. 13,000 live in Greymouth. The effect on the population of 29 deaths is just enormous. I really feel for those towns and all the families involved.

ChunkyBrewster Wed 24-Nov-10 08:36:35

So terribly sad. Was hoping for a miracle. Those poor poor families.

BaroqueAroundTheClock Wed 24-Nov-10 08:41:04

Just seen on the news about the 2nd explosion - very sad sad

Greendove Wed 24-Nov-10 10:53:42


Greendove Wed 24-Nov-10 10:57:41

Pete was a friend of mine and a best friend to my husband. We are all devastated by what has happened. He was a wonderful person to know and got on with everyone. He was best man at a mutual friends wedding abroad last month. So glad they go to spend time with him before this happened. He will be sorely missed by many. RIP Peter.

Sorry to namechange, too identifiable to use my usual name.

HowsTheSerenity Wed 24-Nov-10 12:44:41

Green - How very sad. Sympathies to you and your family and friends.

slug Wed 24-Nov-10 12:51:50

Oh Green, I'm sorry. I keep looking for a list of the names in case I recognise any of them. I have old friends whose families still live in Greymouth. Half of me wants to check and half of me juse doesn't want to know.

PercyPigPie Wed 24-Nov-10 16:50:25

So sorry Greendove.

I also feel especially for the fiance of the other Brit who was due to marry him in less than a month :-(. So sad - don't know how she will carry on.

ChilledChick2 Wed 24-Nov-10 22:35:03

Unfortunately I've just heard on the news that the mines will flooded with carbon dioxide to neutralise the methane.
This means that any possible survivors will be killed by suffocation in order to make it safe for rescuers to bring out the bodies. It's definitely a very difficult decision for the authorities to make.

So sad for the families relatives and friends of the miners.

octopusinabox Thu 25-Nov-10 11:08:38

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begonyabampot Fri 26-Nov-10 17:10:56

wasn't one a 17 yr old on his first day on the job - horrible for his poor parents - horrible for everyone connected to this.

Jajas Fri 26-Nov-10 17:14:47

There was a third explosion today I believe, almost to the minute of when the first explosion took place a week ago as they were marking the time.

It's one of the saddest things I've ever heard about, the horror their poor families and friends have been put through is utterly unimaginable sad.

My heart goes out to all those involved and yes one poor lad of 17 was on his first shift - just horrendous sad.

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