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Richie McCaw Puts Helicopter Skills To Work In Helping Victims Of Earthquake

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - NOVEMBER 19: Richie McCaw speaks during a media conference to announce his retirement from rugby at New Zealand Rugby House on November 19, 2015 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

All Black rugby legend Richie McCaw has been assisting the rescue teams in New Zealand following the earthquake and tsunami that struck the nation over the weekend.

The double World Cup winner is now a commercial helicopter pilot and has been putting his skills to good use in the aftermath of the disaster, which has killed two people, according to a BBC report on Monday morning.

Speaking to the NZ Herald, the former number 7’s urgency to help, and the destruction he was confronted with, are immediately apparent:

“Like everyone else, I got woken up at midnight… yeah a bit scary. 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.”

The destruction came as a shock even to McCaw, who surveyed the carnage from his helicopter as he endeavoured to help those most in need.

“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.”

Ever the humble individual, he also pointed out that,

“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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Author: The PA Team

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