Melbourne: Australia will send stabilising equipment to New Zealand to help in the recovery of the bodies of 29 miners killed in a mine explosion.
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key said he spoke to his Australian counterpart, Julia Gillard, on Wednesday after a second blast at the Pike River Coal Mine that's presumed to have killed the 29 men trapped underground since the first explosion last Friday.
"The Australians have a piece of equipment that they think may be useful in attempting to stabilise the mine," Key said adding "I don't know all the technical details."
Two of the miners killed in the incident were believed to be Queenslanders.
First Published: Thursday, November 25, 2010, 12:12