WA to send rescue robot

Western Australia’s Water Corporation has sent a gas detecting robot to help find the trapped New Zealand miners.

An Air New Zealand plane was sent to Perth to collect the remote controlled vehicle.

Water Corporation offered to lend the vehicle to aid the rescue efforts.

The remote controlled equipment itself is a skid-steered vehicle equipped with cameras, lights, communications and gas testing equipment.

This news comes on the back of a second robot from New Zealand’s Defence Force being sent to the scene.

However, the robot is a bomb disposal machine and not designed to operate in hazardous underground mine conditions.

According to NZ defence minister Wayne Mapp, it can operate in rain and water, as could the first robot which was effectively hit by a waterfall and knocked out.

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