"I still want them back, and their families want them back."
- PETER WHITTALL,CEO of Pike River Coal, whose mine in Greymouth, New Zealand, was the site of an explosion that left 29 miners dead; Whittall has vowed to recover the bodies, though that process could take months
"We want our boys back, and we want to get them out."
- PETER WHITTALL,CEO of Pike River Coal in New Zealand, promising to make every effort to retrieve the bodies of the 29 miners who are now thought to be dead after a second explosion at the mine on the South Island
"The longer it goes on, hopes fade, and we have to be realistic."
- GARY KNOWLES,a police superintendent in New Zealand, on the increasingly dire situation of the 29 coal miners who have been missing since a mine explosion on Nov. 19
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