New Zealand Mine Rescue Operation ContinuesBy Swatilekha Paul, Gaea News Network
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Although the rescue team are trying their best to ensure that the trapped workers are brought to safety, officials have reiterated that chances of the rescuing the miners is getting bleak with every passing hour. After the breakdown of the first rescue robot, a second one arrived at the scene of the explosion on Tuesday while New Zealand officials are trying to get more rescue robots to provide an impetus to the rescue operation. While talking to reporters on Tuesday, police superintendent Gary Knowles who is supervising the rescue operation said that toxicity inside the tunnels continues to remain immensely high due to which sending the rescue teams directly in the mines is next to impossible.
The workers were deep inside the Pike River mine on Friday when the explosion took place. Although two miners came out of the New Zealand mine through a tunnel following the blast, there is still no news from, the rest of the 29 workers who are between the age group of 17-60.