Pike River mine will not reopen to recover bodies

The entrance to the Pike River Coal Mine in Greymouth
The entrance to the Pike River Coal Mine in Greymouth STR

THE operators of New Zealand's Pike River mine said it would not reopen because the risks of a fatal incident were still too high.

Twenty-nine people - including Queenslanders Willy Joynson, 49, from the Fraser Coast and Joshua Ufer, 27, from Townsville - were killed when an explosion ripped through the mine in 2010.

Some victims' bodies have not been recovered.

Solid Energy made the announcement on Thursday following a meeting with New Zealand Prime Minister John Key.

Board chairwoman Pip Dunphy said the decision had been a tough one.

"We know this decision will be very disappointing to the family members and friends of the men who died in the mine," she said.

"However, any further loss of life in this mine is unacceptable and any possibility of other families having to go through what the Pike families have suffered is not something our board can support."


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