The lawyer representing some Pike River families says footage showing workers inside the drift is both extraordinary and alarming.
Newshub has released footage of two men and a robot inside the drift of the Pike River mine – three months after the final explosion.
The two men are wearing Mines Rescue uniforms and using breathing apparatus.
The robot appears to emit smoke or steam when it overheats but there’s no fire or flame which is at odds with claims by the government that the mine is too unsafe to re-enter.
Nigel Hampton QC said this was the first time in six years he had seen or heard about the video.
‘The families or at least some of them will be incandescent over this.
They will be extraordinarily angered by this’ he said.
And he said it was extraordinary that the footage was not shown to the Royal Commission as it was relevant to the issues they had looked at.