We felt the sorrows as we sat glued to the television listening and noting every word said. It is indeed a sad day for New Zealand.
We like to remember those men who lost their lives and whose bodies are still trapped in the underbelly of Pike River Valley. May you all Rest In Peace.
We also pray for all the families and loved ones who now have to comprehend that their grand-dad, dad, uncle, brother, son, husband, loved one, friend, partner whose face and presence will be no longer felt, and no doubt will forever be etched in every loved ones' heart.
Our humble prayer that during these times of sorrow you will all find solace in your hearts.
Luvei Viti ( Children of Fiji) Community.
Thu, 25 Nov 2010 4:34a.m.
By 3 News staff
Check in throughout the day for up to the minute updates, interviews and photos.
- What happened at Pike River yesterday afternoon?
- Video of the first explosion
- Who were the missing miners?
- Gary Knowles has said that the right decisions have been made in the rescue attempt
- A timeline of the past six days
- John Key has held a press conference with Grey District Mayor Tony Kokshoorn
- Video of Parliament singing for the Pike River miners this afternoon
- Peter Whittall and John Dow talk at this afternoon's news conference.
Explosion could have been prevented at risk to miners' lives
2.15pm - Mr Whittall informed reporters this afternoon that yesterday's explosion could have been prevented if the mine was starved of oxygen. "But we weren't prepared to do that because there was still hope of survivors," he says.
"It's not like the mine was a big scary place waiting to kill them. The miners understood the risks."
Pike CEO rested staff overnight
1.55pm - Pike River CEO Peter Whittall told reporters this afternoon that last night he rested his staff; a minimal number was kept on standby. Everyone was exhausted and needed a break, he said.
Mr Whittall also said the conditions underground had not changed and the level of gas near the bore hole is still the same. Families have been told the bodies will definitely be brought back and they expect to make progress on this in the next few days.