So I checked this blog today to see if there were any comments (and thanks for your lovely comments from the other day, they mean alot to me) and I see there are a stack of hits from somewhere called
So I went to the site to see what it was, and its a forum you can't access..... So what were they looking at on my little old blog?
The last couple of days have been scary in little old NZ. The miners in the South Island dominate the news, and its really terrible. I have never worked in mining, but I have been in industrial environments for much of my professional career as an engineer, and an operator in petrochemical.
I don't think people realise how hard it is to mount a rescue campaign. Having trained in rescue, hot fire training, first aid, ammonia suits and BA gear, I know what its like to wear the gear and have to carry people out... I know what its like to be blinded by smoke and have to crawl through a hot-house with all the gear on.
It sucks, and the thought of the poor rescuers having to tramp through a dark mine, in an explosive, toxic environment and not know if they will have enough O2 to make it out again - belies belief.
I really feel for all the community down there. Greymouth is such a small community, everyone will be affected by it.
Puts a brain tumour in perspective really.