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DOE “highly confident” mega-yacht source of latest reef damage

Department of Environment divers are working to get a better assessment of the reef damage the DOE said is likely linked to Microsoft billionaire Paul Allen’s mega-yacht.

This video shows the 300 foot vessel, Tatoush, anchored off Cayman’s west side last Thursday (14 January).

The DOE said the reef damage is near the Doc Poulson wreck and the kinfe dive site. Research staff managed to complete at least one dive Tuesday (19 January) despite marginal weather.

DOE Deputy Director Scott Slaybaugh said there is strong evidence linking Tatoush to the damage.

“Based on our experience, and we have looked at quite a few damaged reef sites from ship groundings and anchorings, this damage was very fresh, within a day or so. It was the only vessel that size capable of doing the damage so I’d say it’s highly confident that the damage was from Tatoush,” said Mr. Slaybaugh.

Monday, the DOE met with Tatoush’s captain to discuss the process moving forward.

Cayman 27 has reached out to Mr. Allen’s family foundation for comment, so far we haven’t heard back.

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