An explosion in the Pike River mine near Greymouth trapped 29 miners at 3.45pm on Friday 19 November 2010. The toxic gas levels and safety of the mine has been monitored all week ready for rescuers to enter the mine to attempt to locate the men. At 2.37pm on 24th November 2010, a 2nd explosion hit the mine, and the 29 miners trapped in the mine are now presumed dead.
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New Zealander's and particularly the West Coast community are banding together to support each other at this hard time. Messages and support have been received from all over the world.
It is planned that once it is deemed safe to do so, a further effort will be made to locate and retrieve the bodies of the miners and return them to their families.