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DoE to visits mega-yacht after another case of reef damage

The Department of Environment (DoE) says it’s highly likely that Microsoft billionaire Paul Allen’s 300 Foot mega yacht is behind a fresh case of damage to a coral reef.

DoE confirmed it is investigating an incident on Cayman’s west side near the Doc Poulson Wreck. On Thursday (January 14) Cayman 27 took video of the mega yacht “Tatoosh” after being alerted to the possibility of another anchor damage incident. Officials from the DoE paid a visit to the mega yacht on Friday to talk to the Captain and take preliminary documentation of what they called substantial damage to the reef.

The DoE said the investigation is in the very earliest stages and expect to conduct dives on the site in the coming days to quantify the extent of the damage.

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Joe Avary

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Joe Avary has been with Cayman 27 since 2014. He brings 20 years in television experience to the job, working hard every day to bring the people of Cayman stories that inform the public and make a difference in the community. Joe hopes his love for the Cayman Islands shines through in his informative and entertaining weather reports. If you have a story idea for Joe or just want to say hello, call him at 324-2141 or send an email to

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