U.S. COAST GUARD BOUND FOR TOKELAU WITH WATER

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‘Walnut’ leaves Pago Pago with 100,000 liters

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Oct. 6, 2011) – A United States Coast Guard vessel with more than 100,000 liters of fresh water has left American Samoa today bound for drought stricken Tokelau.

A Coast Guard lieutenant, Steven Caskey, says the trip to Tokelau will take 27-hours and onboard the vessel "Walnut" are fresh water for Tokelau residents, and seven officials from the New Zealand Foreign Affairs Ministry and the Defense Force.

The New Zealand government delegation as well as the water supply arrived in Pago Pago late yesterday on board a New Zealand military plane.

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