The discovery of more human remains in the latest underground images taken from Pike River is moving, but will help closure for many, say members of the Pike River family

Anna Osborne says the discovery was no surprise but is still difficult. “We have known for a long time that there was at least one of our men under borehole 47, but that does not make it easy to return.

“What reassures us is that now that we are coming to the end of the project and the mine is sealed, we are getting real answers about what happened there.

“Just seeing that our men fell where they stood and didn’t suffer for hours or more is so important.”

Sonya Rockhouse says the project helped her find the solution. “It’s strange to think that these are the last images that will come out of the mine, but I feel like we’ve achieved a lot.

“We have so many answers and we have done everything we can to get into the gallery and then see into the mine. I feel like we did well with Ben. I just hope now that we’ve done enough to get justice.

Rowdy Durbridge says finding the second body helps. “It’s a small thing, but knowing that the boys didn’t die alone in this gives me comfort.

“It took a long time, but it’s never too late for justice. I think my boy – all the boys I have worked with – would be proud of the work done by the families, the agency and the police to help turn things around. We are grateful for this work.

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