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Bodies were found 11 years after the New Zealand mine disaster

Key Takeaways:

  • The worst accident that traumatized the nation was the 2010 Pike River Mine disaster.
  • New Zealand mine disaster found 29 bodies.

After Eleven years, a New Zealand mine disaster found 29 bodies, and investigators said they had got the remains of at least two of the victims on Wednesday but were to launch a recovery plan.

The worst accident that traumatized the nation was the 2010 Pike River Mine disaster. A methane build-up is a disaster believed to have been caused by a blast triggered . Only 2 of the 31 miners on the afternoon shift were able to run off.

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Tunnel collapses have ended efforts to recover the bodies or gain more evidence about the disaster. Experts have now been able to collect images from the furthest reaches of the mine by digging a borehole.

Police have said they had spotted two sets of human remains and maybe even a third. We are not able to identify the remains; however, we will get it tested with forensic doctors,” Detective Superintendent Peter Read said, adding that because of the location, police would not be able to recover the bodies. “Based on our investigation, we believe six to eight men were working in the area where the bodies have been found.”

Andrew Little, the minister responsible for the recovery operation, said I know few families would like to go ahead, but that will not be allowed.”

“We’ve fought for years now to get justice for our boys, and this is part where justice is happening,” said Rowdy Durbridge, whose son Daniel died in this mine. Anna Osborne, whose husband was in the 29 miners, said, ” We are getting real clarity about what happened down there.” Families and relatives of the men killed in the mine battled officials to retrieve the bodies for many years.

In 2017, the government agreed to fund the operation, but this was abandoned in March when they said the process had progressed 2.2 kilometres from the entrance without success.

Source-CTV News

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