Josh Ufer

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Josh Ufer. Photo / Supplied
Josh Ufer. Photo / Supplied

Australian Joshua Adam Ufer, 25, worked as an underground supervisor.

His employer was Valley Longwall Drilling and it is understood he was on secondment to Pike River.

Josh's girlfriend, 23-year-old Rachelle Weaver, is due to give birth in May.

Weaver's mother, Nancy Langley, told the Sydney Morning Herald Josh was a "really really lovely young man".

The Courier Mail reported he had been working at the Pike River Mine for six months.

Friends described him as a "real larrikin" and a hard worker.

Josh's parents, Joanne and Karl, flew to New Zealand from Australia and China earlier this week.

Until recently, Josh lived with his father - also a miner - in Townsville, Australia.

On his Facebook page, Josh listed his interests as cricket, partying and socialising.

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