November 21st, 2010
09:24 PM ET

Dangerous conditions delay New Zealand coal mine rescue

A toxic mix of gasses inside a New Zealand coal mine kept frustrated rescue workers on the sidelines again Monday, as they waited for the go-ahead to try to reach 29 miners trapped underground.

No one has heard from the men - ages 17 to 62 - since an explosion inside the mine around 4 p.m. Friday afternoon. Officials hope they are alive, though they do not know if the men found a safe haven or whether parts or all of the mine collapsed.


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  1. Israeli Nuclear Program

    Just stopped by to say we hope these miners are rescued. See? We are a nice nuclear program so there is no need for the IAEA to investigate our facilities like they do Iran's.

    November 22, 2010 at 5:05 am | Report abuse |
  2. K jacktown michigan

    quit whining

    November 22, 2010 at 7:52 am | Report abuse |