Pike River body re­cov­ery vi­tal

Townsville Bulletin - - World Snapshot -

THE re­ceivers of New Zealand’s col­lapsed Pike River coalmine have been warned to get in and get the dead min­ers’ re­mains, or stand aside so some­one else can.

On the eve on a pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing into the disas­ter, lo­cal mayor Tony Kok­shoorn said the fam­i­lies of the 29 men, in­clud­ing two Aus­tralians, who died in the Novem­ber 19 disas­ter were ‘‘ to­tally fed up’’ with de­lays. ‘‘ It’s time to get on with it or get out,’’ Mr Kok­shoorn told AAP on Tues­day.

‘‘ Ev­ery­body feels that they’ve had their chance. They know the mine is not ex­plo­sive now so they’ve got to get in there or let an­other com­pany do it in­stead.’’

It is be­lieved that the men – among them Queens­lan­ders Wil­lie Joyn­son, 49, and Josh Ufer, 25, from Char­ters Tow­ers – died within min­utes of the vi­o­lent blast.

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