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The Pike River Mine Disaster – Moving On

I have decided not to take any further comments on the previous post. This has been a reasoned and generally civilised debate and I thank the contributors for that. But with 29 men now certainly dead and their relatives and the nation in mourning, the time seems inappropriate to continue to debate whether more could have been done to effect a rescue. That will be the responsibility of the the commission/s of enquiry which will next year  attempt to determine the causes of the disaster and rule on the rightness of the measures taken or not taken after the initial explosion. What can be said is that whether the decisions made by the police, the search and rescue teams and the management of the mine were right or wrong, they were the decisions that, on the available information and advice,  they genuinely believed to be right. You cannot ask more than that.

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