'Little chance of finding bodies' as mine re-entry approved
THERE is little chance of recovering the bodies of the Pike River miners or of even reaching the area where they may lie, Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges has warned after today approving a plan to re-enter the mine.
Mr Bridges confirmed a $7.2 million plan to enter the mine drift or main tunnel leading up to a rock fall which blocks off the main mine workings.
However he told reporters the chances of finding any remains between the entrance and the rockfall were "slim''.
"There is a possibility, and of course the Mines Rescue Trust... will of course be ready to deal with that.''
As far as the mine beyond the rockfall, he said "we do know there's been fires, there's been floods, there's been explosions so it has been and probably still is a very unstable environment. That makes me personally sceptical about going further then the rockfall.''