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. DarkLogic

    Rest in peace miners, and know that we did everything we could to save you.

    November 23, 2010 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Xugos

      29 additional victims to corporate greed. Disgusting.

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

      God killed them or maybe it just happened that way.

      November 24, 2010 at 4:05 am | Report abuse |
  2. Zena

    I am so sorry to hear this sad news. My deepest condolences to the family!

    November 23, 2010 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      These dangerous gas explosions are happening too often...where's the canary bird when you need one? There should be some kind of detector to alert when these gases built to dangerous concentrations.

      November 24, 2010 at 1:30 am | Report abuse |
  3. Justin

    Now THEY are the heros.

    November 23, 2010 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Why are they heroes? They didn't do anything heroic. They are victims, not heroes.

      November 23, 2010 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      Death has nothing to do with heroism. No amount of sympathy that these miners may deserve can change that. A hero is defined as "a man of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities. " Everyone dies. This "act" alone tells nothing of one's courage, virtue, skill, etc. The victims of this event saved no lives, defended no nation, preserved no ideal. Thus to call them "heroes" is ludicrous.

      November 23, 2010 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheQuestion

      Exactly. There's nothing heroic about being a victim. Don't abuse the word's worth and change it's meaning. There are real heroes out there but these men are not them.

      November 23, 2010 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mitch

      Those 29 people who died ARE heros in my book... howmany of you would work in some of the most dangerous places on this planet? not many... i probably wouldnt... think about what it means to be called a hero and then realize that those people where working if FAR more dangerous locations than you will probably EVER go to in your life... you people make me sick.... those men/women should be honored... yes, they are victims, but also heros.

      November 23, 2010 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • teepee

      They are unfortunate victims, not heros. Just like John McCain was a prisoner of war. not a hero. The airforce or navy does not teach you to get shot down. I hope he did not do that on purpose...

      November 24, 2010 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Trish

    Closure for families but still terrible news. RIP Pike River miners

    November 23, 2010 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Aussieboy

    There has been a severe second explosion, all reported dead. This has just come on breaking news here in Oz.
    This has been a real tragic and sad end to this rescue bid. RIP

    November 23, 2010 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Tina Marie

    Peter- I only think a "Thank God" would have been warranted if you were in that mine.

    November 23, 2010 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |


    November 23, 2010 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael


      November 23, 2010 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Miracles do happen...parrot, good idea! A determine hope is never a bad thing in tragedies!

      November 24, 2010 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |
    • richard

      Parrot, the officer in charge of the rescue is not the one who determined they were dead, it was Mines Rescue and all the experts involved. Sorry, but the second explosion was massive and, well, it ripped through the whole mine. Also the last samples taken before it show no breathable air in the mine. This is not like chile, there were no toxic gases in Chile like you get in a coal mine. We do not walk away from our people, it is just now we KNOW they are dead, it becomes a body recovery, and they will all be brought out.

      November 24, 2010 at 2:23 am | Report abuse |
    • teepee

      makes sense to me Richard

      November 24, 2010 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  8. TigerLilli25

    Peter, why you happy that their dead?

    And there needs to be a better planning for miners before the enter these death traps.

    November 23, 2010 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Randall

    It seems that the Lord loves to play heads or tails before granting miracles

    November 23, 2010 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Zack

    This is so sad. Rest in peace. We will never forget the risks you took to support your families.

    November 23, 2010 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  11. NyteShayde

    This saddens me. My heartfelt sympathy to the families.

    November 23, 2010 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Bluewrist

    my 11:12 post should have been pulled when they took off the post I was responding to.

    November 23, 2010 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ah

    That's heartbreaking news.

    November 23, 2010 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Rachael

    What a terrible tragedy. I heard one of them was only seventeen and was on his first hour of the job. So horrible.

    November 23, 2010 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Atif

    I can only imagine what the families must be going through.

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