Christchurch - Former
All Blacks great Richie McCaw played a central role in ferrying rescue
workers to the most devastated areas following a deadly earthquake which
struck New Zealand on Monday.
The double Rugby World Cup winner, now a commercial helicopter pilot, flew
rescue and reconnaissance missions to Kaikoura after being woken in his
Christchurch home by the powerful 7.8 quake.
Christchurch, which was devastated by an earthquake five years ago,
is 182km south of Kaikoura which bore the brunt of
the latest destruction.
"Like everyone else, I got woken up at midnight ... yeah a bit
scary," he told the New Zealand Herald after taking search crews from
Christchurch to Kaikoura and ferrying rescuers to remote properties to
check on residents.
He said he saw "big cracks in the road, cracks in the side of the hills, and obviously slips".
"At one point, the railway was 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."
The severe quake, which was felt across most of New Zealand, claimed two lives and caused massive infrastructure damage.