Bad news for the families of the miners lost in the Pike River mining accident.
The poor sods wont get the bodies back, conditions are unlikely to allow the safe retrieval of any remains for the forseeable future.
This was a fairly widespread opinion held by most mining crew Ive worked with, the scale of the fires/explosions and subsequent weakening of any ground support made this a likely outcome. But its a bitter pill for the families and friends to swallow. And for those who want to know why the bodies arent available Ill just ask, how many living mines rescue blokes are worth killing to retrieve the deceased? Its hard, but one live miner is worth 100 dead ones.