(CMR) The abandoned iconic Cayman Mermaid (Merpig/'Sea pig') vessel sunk earlier today after being part of Cayman's history for over 30 years. Over the years, the multi-deck vessel was used for epic events and parties, including concerts, fire shows, and snorkeling trips.
The age-old story is that Roger Edmonds and Michael Grundy were instrumental in bringing the vessel to Grand Cayman as Don Foster's Dive employee, Nicole Thompson, waited in the North Sound for its arrival in Cayman waters amid huge swells of water when it first arrived in the early 1980s.
Today, she sank in Governor's Harbour with the Department of Environment Conservation Officers making a brief statement:
“Officers attended the scene and advised that the wreck does not appear to pose any immediate threats to the water or marine life. However, it will continue to be monitored should anything emerge which could potentially impact the environment.”
There is no indication if she will be recovered or left to Mother Nature to create another manmade reef environment. CMR has been informed that the owner of the Mermaid has passed.
The Mermaid was used for cruise ship tours during the day and took locals and stayover tourists to parties in the evenings.