CTV inquest hears of delay in arrival of rescue gear by air

8:47 pm on 3 December 2012

The inquest into why eight people who survived the CTV building collapse died before being rescued has heard evidence that rescue gear arriving in Christchurch on an Air Force plane was delayed.

A Hercules was due to transport rescuers and their equipment from Ohakea to Christchurch but was several hours late.

During cross examination at the inquest, the equipment left for Urban Search and Rescue teams to use was scrutinised.

The lawyer assisting Coroner George Matenga, Richard Raymond, asked USAR operations manager Aaron Summerhays whether he was worried that he did not have enough equipment on site.

"It was of concern, but I did realise that our resources were spread across the town, and that our rest of taskforce one's equipment was in transit, and was going to be delayed."

Mr Summerhays told the court the search cameras teams had with them did not work.