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Spare a thought today for the families and loved ones of the 29 miners confirmed killed today in New Zealand's Pike River Mine. After not knowing whether they survived the initial explosion on Friday afternoon, and poisonous gases preventing a rescue attempt, a second massive explosion has meant all hope now is gone. Very, very sad.

Posted at 24th Nov 2010 - 10:39AM   Posted by Cowgirl   Tragic News Comments: 13

Preseli Mags's Avatar So sad and my deepest sympathy to all of the families and friends of those miners who lost their lives. I have just been reading the BBC news about the announcement that all hope is gone and it included pictures of all 29 of the men which really put the human face on the story. So sad.

Posted by: Preseli Mags on 24th Nov 2010 at 10:54AM

Fennie's Avatar Very, very sad. After the Chilean rescue, hopes were high, particularly as they were not so far underground.

Posted by: Fennie on 24th Nov 2010 at 11:35AM

Withy Brook's Avatar It is a sad tragedy, Cowgirl. There has been quite a lot about it in the media here, despite the Royal Wedding et al. There were 2 Scottish men there too, which brings it home to us despite our long distance away. I know you are a country in mourning and our thoughts are with you, and especially the families and friends of the dead miners.

Posted by: Withy Brook on 24th Nov 2010 at 11:48AM

Ivy's Avatar I just heard it on the news. Such a lot of terrible things happening at the moment. Here two children were found dead, apparently killed by the same man and then the 29 miners, it is such a terrible contrast to everybody getting in the Christmas mood by decorating and shopping and all..... As Fennie sais there were such high hopes to get them out alive after the Chilean miracle....

Posted by: Ivy on 24th Nov 2010 at 12:22PM

Westerwitch's Avatar Awful just awful - been a lot on our news because of course two of the men were Scottish. An especially bitter time after the Chilean rescue.

Posted by: Westerwitch on 24th Nov 2010 at 12:33PM

Dancing Dog's Avatar It's so sad, I also had high hopes for their rescue so soon after the Chilean rescue. It's a horrible thing to happen at any time of the year but it seems so much more awful when the holidays are just around the corner. My thoughts are with the families.

Posted by: Dancing Dog on 24th Nov 2010 at 12:52PM

Twiglet's Avatar Yes, a very sad end to a terrible mining disaster. I think we tend to forget what a dreadfully dangerous job mining can be. It brings back memories of a dear friend who spent 50 years as a miner - 25 of those years on the mines rescue team. My own relatives worked in the Snailbeach lead mines where my great grandfather was killed along with 6 others in 1895. My thoughts are with all the families of the latest lives lost.

Posted by: Twiglet on 24th Nov 2010 at 03:12PM

Pimsonthelawn's Avatar Have just read an article in the Lancashire magazine about a mining disaster near Bolton in 1910, 344 men and boys were lost on the 21st December how hard that must have been for the families and the community, mining is a terrible job and safety seems little changed in all these years,the Chilean miners were so very lucky. Very sad for the people involved in New Zealand.
Twiglet, my house in Shropshire was apparently a Snailbeach miners cottage.

Posted by: Pimsonthelawn on 24th Nov 2010 at 07:49PM

Mollygolver's Avatar My heart goes out to the families of those poor miners - what a sad Christmas for their Nearest and Dearest.

Posted by: Mollygolver on 24th Nov 2010 at 08:03PM

Bradan's Avatar Very sad indeed. One of the Scottish miners is related, quite distantly I think though, to a family here on the island.

Posted by: Bradan on 24th Nov 2010 at 08:07PM

Life has always been tough in the mines. Coal especially, with the gas.

Such a sad report.

Posted by: Rob-bear on 25th Nov 2010 at 01:19AM

Camilla's Avatar Heard this on the news yesterday, so terribly sad, my heart and thoughts go out to the miner's family's and their loved ones.

Posted by: Camilla on 25th Nov 2010 at 01:30AM

Frances's Avatar Yes, Cowgirl, I do send great sympathy and best wishes to the families of these miners.

And, just as I continue to think about families who send their sons and daughters to be soldiers, I keep wondering about what in this still new century, folks still need to find their living wage deeply within the earth's surface, so that some of us might benefit from what these miner extract.

Could be coal, could be diamonds.


Posted by: Frances on 25th Nov 2010 at 02:25AM

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