Paul Allen Cayman Islands: Did Yacht Crush Reef?
Published: January 29, 2016
Paul Allen Cayman Islands: Did Yacht Crush Reef?, Damage to a protected coral reef in the Cayman Islands is being blamed on a super yacht owned by Seattle billionaire Paul Allen, the Cayman News Service is reporting this week.
Allen’s 303-foot yacht Tatoosh reportedly dragged an anchor chain and “destroyed almost 14,000 square feet of reef in the West Bay replenishment zone, the Department of Environment confirmed following a survey of the area.” Cayman News Service reports that a more thorough assessment of the damage and the circumstances that caused it is ongoing.
Paul Allen’s superyacht Tatoosh damages coral reef in the Caymen Islands https://t.co/gDVBcdCGam pic.twitter.com/QQNLkYTAVf via SUPERYACHTS.
— SuperYachts News (@superyachts_) January 27, 2016
In a statement shared with GeekWire on Wednesday, Allen’s Vulcan Inc. said, “Media reports are greatly exaggerated and the investigation by the local authorities is continuing. The local port authority had directed the Tatoosh to anchor in a designated area, and the crew moved the vessel, on its own accord, as soon as it learned from local divers that there might be a problem. The crew is cooperating fully with the local authorities in this matter.”
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