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Gas checks delay New Zealand mine rescue

Gas checks delay New Zealand mine rescue
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Rescue teams in New Zealand are still waiting for the all-clear to enter a coal mine, the day after an explosion ripped through the colliery, trapping 29 men inside.

Police have vowed to get the miners out safely but there has been no contact with them since the blast on Friday on the South Island’s west coast.

Aged from 17 to 62, most are New Zealanders but the group includes British and Australian nationals.

Some reports say experts checking for underground

gases have now confirmed it is safe to press ahead with the rescue operation. In the meantime, family and friends face an agonising wait, hoping their ordeal will end as happily as the recent mine drama in Chile.