Tragic end after a cruel wait
FRASER Coast father Willy Joynson is among the 29 miners confirmed dead in New Zealand’s Pike River mine disaster.
Since Friday the 49-year-old’s family have been anxiously waiting to hear news back from rescue crews but today their worst fears were realised when police Superintendent Gary Knowles announced that a second explosion had torn through the coal mine, leaving no survivors.
Willy's wife Kim and two sons, Benjamin and Johnathan, were at the site at the time and are being comforted by family and friends.
For years Willy worked in Howard’s Burgowan mines and more recently in Central Queensland and New Zealand.
His cousin and long-time workmate Russ Joynson described him as a “good bloke” who was always “happy to have a chat”.
Willy was the son of well-known Howard couple Ezra (deceased) and Beryl Joynson.