New Zealand mine tragedy recovery mission under way

Malcolm Campbell from st andrews who is trapped underground in a mine mining accident in New Zealand'collect photo by dave scott
Malcolm Campbell from st andrews who is trapped underground in a mine mining accident in New Zealand'collect photo by dave scott
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Mines’ rescue staff have made an emotional entry into the Pike River coal mine in New Zealand to begin efforts to recover the bodies of the 29 men who died in last year’s tragic accident.

Malcolm Campbell from St Andrews was among the dead and his parents have been notified that the recovery work is now under way.

The first team of six men went about 300 metres into the tunnel early on Tuesday where they checked for hazards and later work started on building a temporary seal some 170 metres inside the mine.

It is hoped that the mine will be sealed off in stages allowing the rescuers to eventually reach the area where the men were believed to be working just before the explosion.