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'Get in touch' quake survivor pleads to rescuers

Published: 11:20PM Saturday March 05, 2011 Source: ONE News

A woman, who fell five storeys in the CTV building, is pleading with the ordinary Kiwi blokes who saved her to get in touch.

Clemency Mutze was on the top floor when the 6.3 magnitude quake struck on February 22, and she lived to tell her story.

"It was just like this huge force in the building and I just thought - 'this is it'. I just thought 'this is the end', because I felt the floor go right under," she told ONE News.

The 34-year old had been in a clinic waiting room .

"I was sitting on a chair, and it was almost like Alice in Wonderland - you know? Through the looking glass - it was like a nightmare," she said.

It was a nightmare that dragged on as she lay pinned under rubble after the building came down. Her face was centimetres away from shards of glass, which were getting closer with every aftershock.

"One minute I'd think I'm going to make this, and the next minute I' d be praying for my family and stuff.

"Then I could smell smoke, and that's when I knew things were going to get bad," she recalls.

Mutze poked a piece of steel through the rubble and called for help.

"I saw a face looking down at me and saying 'we're going to get you out', and that was amazing."

Now, she wants to meet the two men who pulled her out.

"I just want to thank them, and let them know how grateful I am that they put their lives on the line for me, because it wasn't a safe building," she said.

With a broken tailbone and haunted by nightmares of falling, music helped the composer through the days that followed.

"I keep re-tracing my steps and thinking - 'what if I'd taken a later bus, and what if I'd done this?' But you can't keep doing that or you'll go batty."

She said it's something she will remember for the rest of her life.

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  • royalcourtier said on 2011-03-14 @ 21:33 NZDT: Report abusive post

    The whole focus of this debate is wrong. There is no reason for any of these buildings to be demolished. It is not a case of which should be saved, but which should be demolished. There are few which cannot be saved. What people are missing is that if a building is demolished unnecessarily, and illegally, there won't be any insurance. Only the city can approve demolition - civil defence cannot do so.

  • Adam Chc said on 2011-03-09 @ 14:44 NZDT: Report abusive post

    As a small business based near the epicentre in Christchurch we are strugeling to survive and simply can not afford a day off. I also do not think I or my staff are reasdy for a day of mourning yet. I am surprised the govenment would even consider this, it shows how out of touch they are to the impact this is having on business and staff.

  • annej said on 2011-03-08 @ 15:09 NZDT: Report abusive post

    I must congratulate Bob Parker for his leadership and his caring nature to all people in Christchurch and his unfaultering continual contact with his people, a fine leader and the restoration of Christchurch should go through him and the council and not left to those who do not care about the uniqueness of Christchurch, sack Brownlee, send him back where he come from.

  • annej said on 2011-03-08 @ 15:04 NZDT: Report abusive post

    At a time when the suffering is entering an unacceptable time frame of two weeks, John Key throws the baby out with the bath water and states that the government will buy the land off people who have suffered so much,this is akin to pulling the rug from underneath those who are stressed,do not know their fate and have lost loved ones, more thought and empathy is needed from central govt and to deal with the bulk of the people and not just the business sector.Thoughts and prayers to all.

  • Huatoki said on 2011-03-08 @ 13:37 NZDT: Report abusive post

    As with every issue he's dealt with, Brownlee crashes in with an ill-advised and inflammatory attitude, then scuttles behind his officials and is unavailable for comment. Christchurch needs unifying, reassuring and competent leadership and Brownlee consistently fails on all three counts. We need resources, not divisiveness. If the minister cannot deliver them quickly and efficiently, he needs to go. We deserve better.

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