19 Oct 2009

Story emerges of bank safe recovered off Niuatoputapu with money still inside

7:11 am on 19 October 2009

It's emerged that a bank safe that was swept into the sea by the September 30 tsunami at the Tongan island of Niuatoputapu has been recovered with the money wet, but fully accounted for.

The safe belonged to the Tonga Development Bank whose little office was completely wrecked by the tsunami that swept most of Hihifo township away.

The branch manager Mafi Lutui Hoa told Matangi Tonga Online that she found the safe on the reef with the island's cash holding of over over US$500 still intact.