I’m not sure if any of you out there are aware of the mining incident in
yet. I’ve been trying to ignore the newspaper reports but there’s been a second explosion. Experts now say the chance of survivors is nil. New Zealand
A second explosion has occurred in the
coal mine where 29 miners are trapped on the West Coast. Pike River
Distraught family members left a scheduled briefing a short time ago, only about 10 minutes after it had started and many in tears.
Lawrie Drew, the father of trapped miner Zen Drew, said officials had told the families that there had been a second explosion.
Investigation head Superintendent Gary Knowles said the large explosion happened about 2.37pm and they were not expecting anyone to get out alive.
They were now going into recovery mode. It was one of the most horrific things he has had to deal with as a policeman.
“We had to break the news to the family and they are extremely distraught.
“I was at the mine myself when the explosion occurred. The blast was horrific. Just as severe as the first blast – and we are now moving into a recovery mode.”
It’s heartbreaking to watch. And the awful part is until they are recovered there will still be that tiny glimmer of hope.
Because we’re Kiwi’s.
We survive against the odds again and again and it just feels so unbelievably wrong thinking that those men won’t walk out. Honestly I can’t even put thoughts together right now. It just seems so wrong.
There’s nothing more I can say but my heart and thoughts are going out to those whose loved ones are down there.