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.
"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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