Rescuers to drill hole at New Zealand coal mine

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November 21, 2010 03:25

 
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Anguished relatives of 29 workers missing after an explosion at New Zealand coal mine grew frustrated over delays in the rescue operation Sunday, as officials prepared to drill a small hole through hundreds of feet (meters) of rock to test for levels of deadly gasses.

Nothing has been heard from the men who were deep in the mine near Atarau on South Island when a massive blast ripped through it late Friday. A working phone line to the bottom of the mine has been ringing unanswered.

Officials insisted Sunday they were hopeful the men were alive.

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