Authorities in New Zealand have said rescue teams may never enter the mine where 29 men are trapped.
When questioned today on when it would finally be safe to enter the mine, Superintendent Gary Knowles, who is in charge of the rescue said “it may never reach that point”.
Knowles says a fire continues to burn inside the mine where the workers are trapped and there are concerns regarding the high levels of methane and carbon monoxide.
It has brought little relief for the families, considering other abandoned mines on the west coast of the country continue to burn decades after they close.
The mine’s chief executive, Peter Whittall, says the conditions are simply too dangerous and it would put more people in danger if they were to send rescue teams down prematurely.
While officials say they continue to hope for the best, when the surface was penetrated earlier today hot air and gas rushed up the hole, and a robot sent down the mine found only a miners hat with the light still on.