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Matthew Strong and Selange Gitschner, owners of Dasfete (Photograph by Meredith Andrews)

The organisers of a controversial raft-up that involved US high fashion firm Revolve and guest influencers today claimed the Government and tourism authorities were aware of the event.

A statement from Victoria Greening, a lawyer, issued on behalf of Dasfete, said the raft-up was “not for recreational purposes, but rather a staged commercial event under the auspices, permission and knowledge of the Bermuda Tourism Authority and other relevant Government departments with the view to promoting and marketing Bermuda”.

Dasfete insisted: “All Covid-19 protocol requirements were met.

“We have now also met and co-operated with the authorities.”

The news came after a row erupted in the wake of video footage of the event, held last Tuesday, was posted on social media.

Raft-ups are banned under Covid-19 restrictions.

The boat trip was organised for Revolve, a US online fashion retailer that brought about 70 models and influencers to the island earlier this month as part of a marketing drive.

The Bermuda Tourism Authority said last week that it assisted with organisers’ administrative filings, including group exemption applications for photo-shoots and “on-site destination support for influencers’ social media activities”.

But the BTA insisted the applications did not include permission for a raft-up.

Renee Ming, the Ministry of National Security, said a police investigation into the event was under way.

David Burt, the Premier, tweeted on June 9 that images of what appeared to be an illegal event, which included a live performance by reggae star Shaggy, breached pandemic restrictions.

Selange Gitschner of event organisation firm Dasfete (File photograph)

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Published June 14, 2021 at 4:57 pm (Updated June 14, 2021 at 5:10 pm)

Raft-up organisers claim authorities were aware of event

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