News has just broken of a second explosion at the mine.
It is now inevitable that there were no survivors of the Pike River explosion. It had already become quite clear none of the 29 survived the initial blast – this will eventually be confirmed by pathologists.
For now we mourn New Zealand’s worst disaster since Erebus 31 years ago.
Rest in peace:
- Conrad John Adams, 43, Greymouth
- Malcolm Campbell, 25, Greymouth (Scottish)
- Glen Peter Cruse, 35, Cobden
- Allan John Dixon, 59, Runanga
- Zen Wodin Drew, 21, Greymouth
- Christopher Peter Duggan, 31, Greymouth
- Joseph Ray Dunbar, 17, Greymouth
- John Leonard Hale, 45, Ruatapu
- Daniel Thomas Herk, 36, Runanga
- David Mark Hoggart, 33, Greymouth
- Richard Bennett Holling, 41, Blackball
- Andrew David Hurren, 32, Hokitika
- Jacobus (Koos) Albertus Jonker, 47, Cobden (South Africa)
- William John Joynson, 49, Dunollie Australia
- Riki Steve Keane, 28, Greymouth.
- Terry David Kitchin, 41, Runanga
- Samuel Peter Mackie, 26, Greymouth
- Francis Skiddy Marden, 41, Runanga
- Michael Nolan Hanmer Monk, 23, Greymouth
- Stuart Gilbert Mudge, 31, Runanga.
- Kane Barry Nieper, 33, Greymouth
- Peter O’Neill, 55, Runanga
- Milton John Osborne, 54, Ngahere
- Brendan John Palmer, 27, Cobden
- Benjamin David Rockhouse, 21, Greymouth
- Peter James Rodger, 40, Greymouth (British)
- Blair David Sims, 28, Greymouth
- Joshua Adam Ufer, 25, Australia
- Keith Thomas Valli, 62, Winton.
The graphic is from the NZ Herald site. if you go there, you can click on each photo to read details of each of the deceased.
All my thoughts are with families and friends of the dead, and the entire West Coast community. Those of us from outside can only try and imagine what this must be like.
Incidentally the second explosion should be a lesson to the self appointed experts demanding people rush in. If they had been in charge, there could be many more dead.Tags: Pike River, RIP