Although the key focus of my research is landslides, I also spend some of my time working with mining companies. Thus, the Pike River accident in New Zealand is of interest. The blast today appears to have left at least 27 miner trapped underground; at the time of writing there has been no contact with the missing workers, although rescue operations are clearly underway. All modern mines have fully trained mine rescue teams that lead the way in such events. They regularly liaise with the emergency services, and a contingency plan will be in place.