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Human remains found 11 years after mine disaster in New Zealand relieves pain: Bodies not recovered

Human remains found 11 years after mine disaster in New Zealand relieves pain: Bodies not recovered

Fire in mine vents after 2010 eruption (Reuters / Archive)

New Zealand police said on Wednesday they had seized the photos Eleven years later at least two human remains Explosion It happened in November 2010 In a coal mine On the southern island of the sea country, this Killed and buried 29 workers.

According to a report by the New Zealand Police, images of human remains reviewed by experts were captured in an area not far from the Pike River site, so, They cannot be retrieved because of the difficulty in accessing that space.

“At present we are unable to identify the remains, but we will consult with forensic experts. Based on our study, We believe six to ten people worked in the area where the remains were foundSuperintendent Peter Reid said in the statement.

Images of the remains were captured in the framework of an excavation operation beginning last June to investigate the deaths of the miners and ending later this year. 23 of them are New Zealanders, three British, two Australians and one South African, aged between 17 and 62..

For her part, Anna Osborne, who lost her husband in the explosion, explained Radio New Zealand He could not give details about the pictures “in a way that would not affect any judgment”, however he agreed They help to “clarify what happened there.”

Gateway to mine where 29 workers died (AFP)
Gateway to mine where 29 workers died (AFP)

“We have fought hard for years to get justice for our children, and this is part of it.”Rowdy Turbridge said his son Daniel was killed in the blast.

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However, Minister for Rescue Services Andrew Little commented, “(The bodies) are unlikely to be recovered … I know some families want to go further, but that is not possible.”

Only now do they know that they are miners He may have died of shock, burns or suffocation following a methane gas explosion They were buried at a depth of 2.5 km Inside the gallery without alternative access. Only two of the 31 miners who were working were able to evacuate it alive.

Five days later, they are believed to have died after a second blast at a location in the town of Gremouth on the South Island. The second largest mining accident in New Zealand history.

Last March, the New Zealand government announced it would suspend funding for the recovery of the bodies, although police investigations into the bombing continued.

(With information from EFE and AFP)

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