29 Still Missing in New Zealand Coal Mine Blast
November 22, 2010
New Zealand (Chattahbox World News)—Officials still have not received any contact from the 29 miners who have been trapped in the Pike River Coal Mine since Friday, but drilling is almost complete in an attempt to determine whether the miners survived the apparent methane gas explosion that caused the collapse, RTT News reports.
After the drill reaches the area where the miners are located, officials will lower probes into the space to determine whether any signs of life are present. Rescue crews have been unable to reach the miners sooner because dangerous levels of methane and carbon monoxide were found in the mine, RTT News notes.
New Zealand’s Prime Minster John Key said he believes there is “every chance” that the miners have survived, RTT News reports. If rescue equipment is unable to reach the miners soon, officials may consider using seismic equipment on top of the ground to listen for signs of life below.