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Miners' families visit site of New Zealand blast

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Miners' families visit site of New Zealand blast


They have been briefed on the latest developments, then taken to the scene of the explosion. But for relatives of the 29 miners missing underground in New Zealand, the agony goes on.

Mine officials hope seeing the rescue preparations first hand will bring them some relief.

“We will be running a couple of buses of family up there this morning. We will be taking only a couple of representatives from each family,” said Pike River Mine Chief Executive Peter Whittall.

“They will be able to get off, walk around, have a look at the emergency services that are set up.”

Rescue efforts remain delayed at the coal mine on the west coast of New Zealand’s South Island. A new shaft is being drilled to test air quality, with toxic gases still making it too dangerous for search teams to go in.

Two days after the blast there has been no contact with the miners.

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