The Government has approved funding for a re-entery into the Pike River Mine, where 29 men died in explosions in November 2010.
The mine is located on the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island.
The plan will cost an estimated $7.2 million and is conditional on the re-entry being safe, technically possible and financially credible.
Mr Bridges, the government minister in charge, believes there’s only a slim chance of finding their remains in this stage of the recovery.
The plan has been drawn up by the mine’s new owners, Solid Energy, and approved by the High Hazards Unit, which is in charge of mine safety.
Mr Bridges says it is a highly complex and technical operation, with a risk assessment to be undertaken at each stage.
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