NZ finds human remains in mine 11 years after disaster

More than a decade after an explosion at a mine killed 29 workers in New Zealand, police say they have finally found at least two of the bodies.

In November 2010, a series of blasts ignited by methane gas ripped through the Pike River mine on the west coast.

Only two men managed two escape in what was one of the country's worst industrial disasters.

Police said on Wednesday images taken late last week during deep boring in the mine confirmed two bodies, with the possibility of a third.

Detective Superintendent Peter Read:

"The images have been reviewed by pathologists and they're taken from the furthest reaches of the mines, so they're the furthest area in the mine that you could be from the entrance, the portal area, and it's not possible for us to recover them. While we've been unable to identify the remains, we're working with forensic experts to see what we can do to confirm the identities."

For years the mine was shuttered and entry barred due to safety concerns.

Investigators were eventually allowed access in 2019 following calls from the families of the miners.

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