"Early findings already indicate extensive damage and investigations into the circumstances of the incident are ongoing, with the assistance of staff aboard the Microsoft billionaire's superyacht, which was anchored close to the Doc Poulson wreck and The Knife dive site, officials said," the Cayman News Service reported.
Paul Allen, who co-founded tech giant Microsoft with Bill Gates, has turned to philanthropic ventures including, ironically, supporting ocean protection through several ventures which are overseen by his company, Vulcan.
Vulcan issued a statement on Wednesday deflecting responsibility for the incident and saying "Tatoosh acted responsibly and we're cooperating with officials."
"Vulcan Inc. and Paul G. Allen have a long history of responsible exploration and a commitment to ocean conservation."
"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," the statement on Vulcan's website said.
"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," it added.