Pike River body recovery vital
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.