Microsoft Co-Founder Damages 14,000-Square-Feet of Protected Coral Reef with His Yacht
On a recent ride aboard his 300-foot luxury yacht, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen drudged an anchor chain through 14,000-square-feet of protected coral reef located in the West Bay replenishment zone. Luckily, a diver took notice of the situation and quickly alerted the boat crew before any more harm could be done.
The real kicker? Allen lists "coral reef preservation" among his long resume of philanthropic projects. Reportedly, he was not on the boat at the time of the damage and the crew stated that they were directed to travel through the protected area by the local port authority.
The Cayman Islands' Department of Environment has only just begun to investigate the full extent of the damage, but a spokesperson for the group shared a few words with the Cayman News Service: "[We are] also paying close attention to lessons learned so that we can more effectively prevent these accidents while hosting visiting yachts."
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