November 23rd, 2010
11:04 PM ET

Miners trapped underground in New Zealand dead, police say

All 29 miners trapped underground in a New Zealand mine are dead, Gary
Knowles, superintendent from Tasman Police Command said Wednesday.

Air released from the drilling contained high levels of carbon monoxide and methane but little oxygen, police officials have said.

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  1. T'sah from Virginia

    Dang! I could have sworn I heard earlier that they ALL walked out alive???????

    May all of them rest in peace and my heart goes out to all of the families!!

    November 23, 2010 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Kiwi in USA

    Been watching the story over the past days from Denver CO. What a tragedy. RIP Miners.

    November 23, 2010 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Randall

    Miracles for some and damnation for others. Is that fair?

    November 23, 2010 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Rick


    November 23, 2010 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Michelle

    This is not the news I was waiting for. I was deeply hoping they could be saved. RIP brave men

    November 23, 2010 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Stephen

    Another example of the cost of living in a monetary system. So much death, destruction, crime, affliction, stress, depression, and waste all because people have to perform jobs to make money to afford basic necessities of life. But in reality, the monetary system only benefits the upper class and wealthy. If everything was free, (we have always had the resources, but now we have the technology to provide all necessities for everyone and for free), then there would be no rich people. There would also be very little crime, less stress, less disease, less depression, more happiness, and no dead miners.

    November 23, 2010 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • vmaxnc

      Who 'provides' all the free resources? Who makes those resources available, and processes them for all the good we need? Money or not, someone has to get the food to my table. I've tried to 'wish' it there, but that hasn't worked.

      November 23, 2010 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wes

      what kind of star trek world are you living in where we've got the technology to provide everything for free. My God, some of you live in such a fantasy world.

      November 23, 2010 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • dave in USA

      guess you dont realize that the barter system (people MADE things and traded) evolved into the monetary system

      no one creates things and gives them to others for "free" we make things..and earn things the old days...before trade.....a cave man would just kill you for your food you gathered to survive.... and that makes the food "free"

      November 23, 2010 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      The best case scenario for achieving that ideal would be to revert back to a hunter-gatherer lifestyle.

      November 23, 2010 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  7. vmaxnc

    Where's all the people praising God? All the people who, when the Chilean miners were rescued, went on and on about 'God must be smiling on the miners" and 'God worked through the rescuers' blah blah blah. Where is God now, for these miners? Is he frowning? Go ahead, give us that "the lord works in ways we can't understand' BS.

    I feel for the families of these miners.

    November 23, 2010 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • jimbo

      I agree.

      November 23, 2010 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      God? Who's that?

      November 23, 2010 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Praise be to God! His mercy and love endures forever!

      November 24, 2010 at 1:37 am | Report abuse |
  8. weibing


    November 23, 2010 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • teepee

      English man,ENLISH!!!

      November 24, 2010 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Word Forest

    Terrible and very very sad news. My prayers go to the families and others. On the other hand, why we don't out-source this kind of jobs to 4th and5th world labor???? Why we do not use robots et al?

    November 23, 2010 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      4th and 5th world? Ha, like... YourAnus?

      Get an education.

      November 23, 2010 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |

    atleast the families wont have to pay for a burial.

    November 23, 2010 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
  11. jm

    how sad.

    November 23, 2010 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
  12. JamesBond0072u

    Very sorry for the families and the miners themselves. God please be with these people in their time of need.

    November 23, 2010 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • vmaxnc

      God obviously isn't interested in THESE miners. Why would these people turn to him after their death?

      November 24, 2010 at 1:08 am | Report abuse |
  13. Liberty

    What in the world are they digging for...this job is ridiculous...nothing is worth your life...

    November 23, 2010 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Wibibess

    Terribly sad news from New Zealand. I hope this doesn't cause the Chilean miners to get survivors guilt over their lost comrades. Miners are amazing workers and deserve special prayers.

    November 23, 2010 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  15. edm

    Ah yes you are all the real heroes–commenting inappropriately and anonymously online

    November 23, 2010 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • mde

      like you

      November 24, 2010 at 4:07 am | Report abuse |
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