Friday 9 December 2016

All Blacks legend Richie McCaw joins earthquake rescue effort as he flies helicopter missions to aid survivors

Published 14/11/2016 | 16:52

KAIKOURA, NEW ZEALAND - NOVEMBER 14: Prime Minister John Key and former All Black captain Richie McCaw are seen during a visit to Kaikoura on November 14, 2016 in New Zealand. The 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck 20km south-east of Hanmer Springs at 12.02am and triggered tsunami warnings for many coastal areas. (Photo by Mark Mitchell - Pool/Getty Images)
KAIKOURA, NEW ZEALAND - NOVEMBER 14: Prime Minister John Key and former All Black captain Richie McCaw are seen during a visit to Kaikoura on November 14, 2016 in New Zealand. The 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck 20km south-east of Hanmer Springs at 12.02am and triggered tsunami warnings for many coastal areas. (Photo by Mark Mitchell - Pool/Getty Images)

Former All Black captain Richie McCaw was known for his leadership skills as a player but this morning he put those qualities to use in a different way, piloting helicopter missions to help the rescue effort following the latest Christchurch earthquake.

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An earthquake struck near the New Zealand city early yesterday, with two people losing their lives. In the aftermath, McCaw, who is a qualified helicopter pilot, flew rescue and reconnaissance mission to Kaikoura, a town on the South Island coast, which was badly damaged.

"Like everyone else, I got woken up at midnight... yeah a bit scary," he told the New Zealand Herald.

"We took the Fire Service just north and south of Kaikoura to check out all the slips and make sure everyone was accounted for," he said.

Previously, Christchurch was devastated by a powerful earthquake in 2010 that caused extensive damage to the city.

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