Coast Guard ferrying water to small island-nation

AP News
Posted: Oct 07, 2011 4:36 PM
Coast Guard ferrying water to small island-nation

A U.S. Coast Guard vessel is delivering water to a small island-nation in the South Pacific that's running out of drinking water.

The Cutter Walnut arrived in Tokelau on Friday morning, about 30 hours after leaving American Samoa.

Petty officer Angela Henderson says the crew is using small boats from the vessel to ferry 36,000 gallons of water.

Tokelau is home to about 1,500 people suffering from severe drought conditions.

Tokelau ran out of fresh water altogether last week and has been relying on a seven-day supply of bottled water sent from Samoa.

An air delivery wasn't possible because Tokelau has no useable airfield.

The Walnut also delivered an assessment team from the New Zealand Foreign Affairs Ministry and the Defence Force.