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Paul Allen's Yacht Reportedly Damages Protected Coral Reef

A dragging anchor from Allen's superyacht severely damaged a coral reef in the Cayman Islands.

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Tatoosh, a 303-foot superyacht belonging to Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen, is reportedly responsible for causing serious damage to a protected coral reef in the Cayman Islands. On Wednesday, Vulcan Inc released this statement regarding the incident:

On January 14, 2016, M/V Tatoosh was moored in a position explicitly directed by the local Port Authority. When its crew was alerted by a diver that her anchor chain may have impacted coral in the area, the crew promptly, and on their own accord, relocated their position to ensure the reef was protected. Vulcan and the ship’s crew are actively and cooperatively working with local authorities to determine the details of what happened. An investigation by local authorities is ongoing.

An investigation by the Department of the Environment suggests that nearly 14,000 square feet of reef was destroyed in the West Bay replenishment zone. More than 80 percent of the coral in the area has been damaged.

The DoE will release its official findings next week.


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