Posted today by the Elbow Reef Lighthouse Society:
"Vandalism Update: Good news! Many thanks to the GREAT team work of dedicated ERLS team members and other Elbow Reef Lighthouse Supporters, the vandals have been positively identified as a group of teenagers traveling with the SeaHunter boat flotilla that was recently in Abaco. As a result, the ERLS has been in direct contact with the leader of the SeaHunter flotilla as well as the parents of the teenagers and the teenagers themselves. We have received sincere apology letters from all of them, with the promise to pay for all of the damages as well as continue to support the work of the ERLS in the future. Yes, the vandalism was wrong, however we thank the SeaHunter group for joining us in the team effort to right a wrong in a positive manner. Some quotes from the letters received:
From the captain
of the vessel involved and father of one of the teenagers: "Please accept my apology for being the Captain
of my vessel and allowing teenagers to enter the Lighthouse. Both teenagers will be liable for any damages done to the Lighthouse and also they will write an apology letter to the Lighthouse Society. Please forward me the cost of repairs
and any other cost involved. We have to teach our children to respect and appreciate the beauty of history
monuments! Not to destroy it! Our family apologizes to the Abaco Residents for any inconvenience they have caused."
From one of the mothers: "It is with sincere regrets and embarrassment that I'm writing you today to apologize for my son's actions at the lighthouse on July 17th. My son was a guest on a Sea Hunter
boat trip to the Abacos and I'm shocked and appalled at his behavior. As a former member of the Detroit Institute of Arts and my interactions with historical societies in that state, I'm fully aware of the efforts and undertakings that go into the preservation and upkeep of a historical monument. I will assist the ERLS in any way I can to amend his actions."
From one of the teenagers: "I am giving my sincerest apologies for the actions that took place at the lighthouse. I know that throwing the winder down the lighthouse was a cruel thing to do and that lighthouses, especially ones such as Elbow Reef are to be treasured. I will never look at another lighthouse the same way again, my apologies go to all the people that keep the lighthouse in the good shape it is currently in."
From the other teenagers: "Please accept our sincere apology for having vandalized such a beautiful historical site. We had no reason to destroy the lighthouse nor take parts
that are essential to
making the lighthouse function. Our actions were immature and childish and we are truly embarrassed about this situation."
Again, yes, the vandalism was wrong, however we thank the SeaHunter group and the parents of the teenagers involved for joining us in the team effort to right a wrong in a positive manner."