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29 Trapped Miners Died In New Zealand

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As 29 trapped miners have remained underground since Friday brought on by massive gas explosion in Greymouth, New Zealand, friends and family learned on Monday that the miners could not have survived a second explosion.

And now the town is devastated!

About 200 people attended a vigil for the miners, including Opposition leader Phil Goff, Greymouth Mayor Tony Kokshoorn and Pike River chief executive Peter Whittall. Daniel Rockhouse, who was rescued from the mine on Friday, also attended.

Pope Benedict XVI also sent his regards. He expressed condolences and sympathy for the tragic event and remembered the men in a special way in his prayers. He invoked a blessing to give people courage and strength.

As Pike River Coal chief Whittall told families about the second explosion, they were inconsolable.

Kokshoorn said:

"They told us there was a massive explosion and there was no way there were any survivors. We thought we were going to get some good news.

They just dropped to the floor. It's anger, as simple as that. It's just gut-wrenching. This is our darkest hour."

So sad. Our thoughts go out to the families.

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24 comments to “29 Trapped Miners Died In New Zealand”



  1. 1

    Is Russell Crowe trying to option the rights to their story?
    Will Peter Jackson produce and direct?
    Just sayin'.



  2. 2

    Yeah, that wacky god. He sure works in mysterious ways.



  3. 3

    Its so sad :( Im on the North Island but it's still upsetting. One of them was getting married in a few weeks… Its just terrible



  4. 4

    [re=5461686]Re: caroaber[/re

    I no u trying to be funny, but to be honest u just arent. People are mourning are u just being an arse. So just keep ur comments to ur self please



  5. 5

    That Is So Sad!



  6. 6

    Re: caroaber – you clearly have no clue what those families or us in New Zealand as a whole have been going through for the past week, you are so insensitive.
    RIP boys, such a sad time, my heart especially goes out to he family of the 17 year old who was on his first ever shift in the mine xxxxxx



  7. 7

    I hate this for these men and their families. Just wondering though, when the 29 US miners were killed earlier this year in WV, Perez didn't make one comment. I guess "rednecks" aren't worth writing about, huh Perez.



  8. 8

    So very sad.



  9. 9

    I wonder what music they will play at their funeral? Boom Boom Pow by the Black Eyed Peas?



  10. 10

    @caroaber Don't be so heartless, moron.

    I live in Christchurch and I'm devastated about this. One of the guys that went down there had just celebrated his 17th birthday and had only been in the mine for one hour before the first explosion. :( R.I.P x



  11. 11

    @Marcus75YOW & @carober

    You are both disgusting excuses for humans. 29 groups of families have lost fathers, brothers & sons. Their town has lost 29 of their boys. Our country has lost 29 of its men. Obviously you people have never lost anyone close to you.
    My heart goes out to everybody grieving at the moment, what an honor it was driving to work over the harbour bridge this morning under the half mast flags.
    A very sad day indeed for our countries history.



  12. 12

    We were all hoping for the best, but our prayers just weren't answered. Flags at Half mast today. New Zealand is in shock



  13. 13

    May all 29 miners rest in peace. My condolences to their families and all affected by this tragedy in New Zealand.



  14. 14

    That's what they get for trying to be copycats.



  15. 15

    Nice to see that you care about little ol' New Zealand :) It certainly sucks, but hey, these men died doing what they loved, it was the youngest ones life goal to work in a mine, sucks that it had to end, but, what can you do but mourn, grieve, and move on. Always in our hearts



  16. 16

    This tragic event has affected every Kiwi in one way or another. There was also some Australians, Brits and a South African in the mine. This is not something to joke about, (to the few idiots comenting) NZ is a small country, and Greymouth is a town of approx 10000 people. NZ as a country have united in grief over this loss, RIP men, you will be missed greatly and remembered often.

  17. kpot says – reply to this


    17

    It's an absolute tragedy to have lost those fathers, sons, brothers and friends.

    In response to those sick individuals who think it's funny or even okay to leave comments like that; take your narcissistic issues somewhere else.

    R.I.P. boys, you wont be forgotten. xx



  18. 18

    I would love to see if the people who are leaving sarcastic comments would have the guts to say those things to the parents, siblings, friends, wives, girlfriends, and children of the victims. This is an incredibly tragic occurrence for Greymouth and NZ, and instead of wasting breath making jokes about it perhaps you should stop and be thankful that you have the ability to speak. So say something worthwhile.
    Rest in peace guys - thoughts and love to those close to them.



  19. 19

    RIP guys, in our hearts xxx :(



  20. 20

    this is tragic but whats more tragic is your sad attempt to pretend you care
    i guess reporting on trapped or killed miners is IN after the chilean incident
    but what about all of the other times this has happened even earlier this year and last year? you never said a word about it
    not caring is one thing but pretending you care just to get a few more hits on a blog is disgusting



  21. 21

    Perez, Thank you for writing about new zealand constantly on your site. Its nice to know we have a special place in your heart, not only when you offer your condolenses for tragedies such as this, but also when you promote up and coming nz singers and often mentioning our country in other ways. Its nice to know we arent forgotten. Love you heaps perez thank you for your support xxoxo
    p.s. to the heartless people who commented obnixiously regarding this heart breaking tragedy shame on you.



  22. 22

    The whole country is gloomy EVERYONE is in mourning such a sad sad time
    i am from christchurch and i knew the 17 year old boy who passed away..

    Pike river miners
    **gone but never forgotten**



  23. 23

    I cannot believe what some of you are saying especially @Marcus75YOW & @carober
    This has devastated our country. The pain and heartache of Greymouth is felt across all of New Zealand. It sickens me that an entire country could be feeling this much hurt at losing people we care about and love and dickheads like you are making a joke out of it. You are such a waste of a human. It's awesome that Jay-Z and U2 had moments of silence and dedicated songs last night and tonight. R.I.P boys gone but never forgotten.



  24. 24

    Re: Marcus75YOWRe: caroaber – why the hell would you comment on such a tragedy with comments as worthless as you. If you have such negativity and nothing of any real intelligence why comment? Show some respect. I completely agree with Re: maddi-maddiRe: ropessRe: kiwigirl88Re: Emmy-Em – .
    Thoughts and prayers with all that have been effected either personally or nationally. R.I.P miners. xxxxx