As the relatives of 29 trapped miners in New Zealand wait for a much delayed rescue operation to begin, officials are preparing to use a robot to help them locate the men.
High levels of flammable methane gas are preventing a more orthodox rescue bid so the latest technology is being called on to help.It will be sent into the coal mine to transmit pictures while assessing toxic gas levels.
Supt. Gary Knowles of the New Zealand Police is overseeing the rescue operation.
“The rescue team is still on standby.They’re currently planning to go into the tunnel if the opportunity arises.They’re looking at which section they will enter first. We’ve also been this morning in close contact with the defence department and we will be utilising, if possible, a robot on site to go into the tunnel,” he said.
The Robot will enter the mine and transmit pictures while assessing toxic gas levels.
Crews have so far been drilling a ventilation shaft but there’s has been no communication with the miners since the blast three days ago.