Randall West, the man who ran his 76-foot vessel Tica aground in Lake Michigan in the U.S. last year, was originally charged with reckless operation of a vessel.
On June 25, West pleaded guilty to a lesser littering offense, and the original charge of reckless operation of a vessel was dismissed. In addition to being fined and receiving an additional 100 hours of community service, West has also been ordered to pay restitution costs of $116,862.21.
According to local media Upnorthlive.com, the boat was grounded on April 15, 2017, off Ludington State Park after it began taking on water. Despite being notified to remove the vessel, West did not comply. His neglect caused the boat to break apart and officials claimed the vessel’s large debris field caused considerable damage to the local ecosystem.