In New Zealand
Officers, who had previously insisted that they were committed to mounting a rescue operation to bring the men [… miners trapped after a mine explosion] out alive, changed tack and began preparing the families of the men for the worst. Hours after releasing an official list of the names of the men in the mine at the time of the blast, Superintendent Gary Knowles said that some of the miners may not have survived. “We are keeping an open mind, we are optimistic, but we are planning for all options, including loss of life,” he said.
- New Zealand mine: relatives told to brace for deaths (telegraph.co.uk)
- New Zealand rescuers prepare for worst as 29 miners still missing (news.nationalpost.com)
- Hope fades, anger grows at New Zealand mine (msnbc.msn.com)