Emergency Exercise Only

 

Media release # 2

10.23am, Friday 8 March 2019

Due to this morning’s seismic event on the West Coast, an incident has occurred at the Pike River Mine.

There are issues with services into the mine, as the air communications cable is crushed.  Anyone going underground always carries self-rescuers and there are fresh air bases and a rescue chamber close to the men in the drift access tunnel.  We are attempting to contact the six men underground, via a phone lowered down borehole 54 in the vicinity of the men underground.  No information as yet.

The Agency is gathering equipment that might be needed in the event of a rescue.

Police family liaison officers are getting in touch with families of the men underground.

Lee Harris

Pike River Recovery Agency

www.pikeriverrecovery.govt.nz