29 May 2019

Three mine officials re-entered the Pike River Mine drift on Tuesday 21 May 2019 after the last block of concrete was removed and the double airlock doors opened.  Family members of the Pike 29 witnessed the re-entry, and released balloons for each of the Pike 29.

Walkway over the weirs

A walkway over two weirs inside the drift

Last concrete block removed

Families watch as last concrete block is removed from the 30m seal

The end of a weir with the 30m doorway

The end of a weir with the 30m doorway

Roof with bolts

Roof with bolts

Re-entry team looking past barriers towards 170m wall

Re-entry team looking past barriers towards 170m wall

Looking past weirs towards 30m doors

Looking past weirs towards 30m doors

Re-entry team report back to waiting families

Re-entry team report back to waiting families

Agency Planning Officer Karl Maddaford hugs Anna Osborne

Agency Planning Officer Karl Maddaford hugs Family Reference Group chair Anna Osborne, with Chief Operating Officer Dinghy Pattinson and Sonya Rockhouse behind them.