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Year later, New Zealand mine still holds 29 bodies

Year later, New Zealand mine still holds 29 bodies

In this June 28, 2011 file photo, rescue workers enter the Pike River mine at Greymouth, New Zealand, as they prepare to recover the victims for the first time since the mine explosions which killed 29 workers in Nov 2010. -- PHOTO: AP WELLINGTON (AP) - Some families of the 29 New Zealand coal miners killed in an explosion one year ago say on the anniversary that their grieving is not over because the men's bodies remain entombed inside the mine. Authorities say there is too much deadly gas in the Pike River mine near Greymouth for crews to enter and recover the bodies. But Mr Bernie Monk, whose 23-year-old son Michael died in the explosion, said on Saturday that he and the other families are frustrated there hasn't been a more concerted effort made to recover the bodies. About 2,500 people, including New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, were expected to attend a public me...

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