Posted: 14 November, 2016 by @clairesherwood_

All Blacks Great Richie McCaw Joins NZ Earthquake Rescue Efforts

Pic credit: NZ Herald

Ex All Blacks captain turned helicopter pilot, Richie McCaw, has been called in to help in the aftermath of New Zealand's deadly 7.5 magnitude earthquake. 

After retiring from Rugby, McCaw became a helicopter pilot. 

He told the New Zealand Herald he was shaken awake by the midnight tremor: 

"Like everyone else, I got woken up at midnight... yeah a bit scary,"

He got straight to work, flying two search and rescue teams to Kaikoura, on the South Island's East coast, where one person died in a collapsed house. 

"From there, we took the Fire Service just north and south of Kaikoura to check out all the slips and make sure everyone was accounted for,"

McCaw said he saw "big cracks in the road, cracks in the side of the hills, and obviously slips".

"At one point, the railway and as way out over the sea - it had been pushed out by slips. It would not have been a nice place to be at midnight last night."

"Just from a selfish point of view, it's nice to be able to fly but you'd like to be able to do it in better circumstances."

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