All hope for the 29 men trapped in the New Zealand mine disaster were ended yesterday by a second explosion at the site.
The 29 miners and contractors had not been heard of since an initial explosion on Friday afternoon.
The country went into mourning as police said the coal miners, two of them Brits, couldn't have survived the huge additional blast.
They would probably have been overcome by carbon monoxide earlier and would have not have been affected by this afternoon's explosion, he said.
Their relatives wailed in grief and Prime Minister John Key called it a "national tragedy".
The Queen - New Zealand's head of state - said: "I am deeply saddened by today's news that there is now no hope for the men."
She added that the anguish was "being felt throughout New Zealand and around the world".