Loader found in Pike River drift after 10 years underground

TEAMS from the Pike River Recovery Agency in New Zealand were able to recover the loader driven by Pike River survivor Russell Smith at the time of the 2010 explosion in which 29 mine workers were killed.

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Pike River mine in New Zealand.

The loader, which was located 1566m up the Pike River mine drift, had obvious signs of corrosion, but was towable.

The condition is as expected given it has been sealed in a coal mine for 10 years.

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