(CMR) Last week Monday the Jolly Roger pirate ship ran aground as was reported in our Facebook post. Now the Department of Environment has confirmed that some coral colonies sustained serious damage during the incident.
Apparently the Jolly Roger broke free of its moorings and eventually came to rest on the hard-pan. The DOE has told local media that research officers found damage to two starlet coral colonies, four brain coral colonies, and a small group of yellow porites.
The DOE is reminding vessel owners to secure their boats in inclement weather to avoid damaging coral, which is an offense under the law.
The DOE continues it's an investigation.