Full interview with Russell Smith
By Kloe Palmer
One of the two survivors has spoken for the first time about the explosion and what went on underground.
Russell Smith works at the Pike River Mine as a coal cutter at the coalface; on Friday he was an hour late for work and admits that it saved his life.
“As luck would have it I was late getting to work; I was an hour late so didn’t get up the mine until late. If I did I was probably up the face with the rest of them and would be trapped there,” he told 3 News this evening.