According to officials from the Cayman Islands, Paul Allen’s yacht has destroyed a coral reef. The coral reef was situated in the Caribbean and it was protected.
Yacht & Boating World stated that it all started when the Department of Environment of the Cayman Islands accused the co-founder of Microsoft and the owner of Portland Trail Blazers and Seattle Seahawks of producing big damages to the coral reef situated in the West Bay, which was protected by law. After the complaint was made, a team of experts went to the area to check if the damages were indeed as big as the people said they were. They discovered that one of the big yachts owned by Paul Allen that was 303 foot long has managed to destroy most of the coral reef, which was very important to the marine life.
For now, it is believed that the reed was destroyed after an accident occurred, not on purpose. Apparently, when Tatoosh was anchored near The Knife dive site and the shipwreck of the Doc Poulson, the yacht’s chain damaged the corals. According to the Cayman News Service, the anchor chain of the yacht destroyed three tenths of an acre of coral reef. That is almost 80% of it, and the damage comes close to 14,000 feet. The coral reefs are able to protect the coastlines from tropical storms and big waves and the marine life cannot flourish without them.
The yacht in question, the Tatoosh is the 49th biggest yacht in the world and it has to be manned by a crew of at least 30 persons. The yacht also has two helipads. It is not yet known if the owner of the yacht was on board when the accident occurred, but his crew has already addressed the claims and said that they only followed instructions given by the Port Authority when the unfortunate event happened. The yacht was directed towards the coral reef, but they moved it as soon as they realized that something wasn’t right. At the moment, the crew and the local authorities are working together in order to find out what happened. The investigation is still going.
According to the Cayman Islands Department of Environment, the results of the investigation will be issued next week. If Allen will be found responsible for the coral reef damage, then he will have to pay a big fine. The Cayman News Service claimed that the local government didn’t collect similar sanctions from yachts so even though Paul Allen’s yacht has destroyed a coral reef, he get away with it.
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