Actor Tim Allen’s yacht spilled dozens of gallons of diesel at a Michigan marina over the July 4 holiday weekend.
Authorities have confirmed that the ship spilled between 30 and 50 gallons of fuel in the Northport Marina due to a faulty fuel filter.
The fuel spill caused the marina to close for around 12 hours on Sunday afternoon. Another nearby marina was closed for a day, but both have now reopened.
Leelanau Township Fire Chief Hugh Cook said Mr Allen did not know the fuel pump was faulty until he noticed the leak. He said Mr Allen had decided to correct the problem himself in order to avoid further spills.
“He didn’t know what was going on until he got to the marina,” Mr Cook said. “He himself removed the fuse from the bilge pump so that it no longer ejects fuel. So he did a lot of good things himself.
According to MLive, the faulty pumped fuel allowed the yacht’s engine compartment to fill with fuel until the bilge pump – intended to eject water from the vessel’s compartments – kicked in and began draining fuel.
Mr Allen told reporters at The Eagle of Records Sunday that he felt bad that the accident disrupted other people’s vacation plans.
“I felt very uncomfortable closing the port for everyone,” Mr Allen said.
The Independent has contacted Mr. Allen’s representation for comment.
Bill Rosemurgy, the marina’s harbor master, told MLive that his dockworkers were able to quickly isolate the spill and begin cleaning it up with an oil-absorbing boom.
“It was pretty well contained in the marina,” he said. “The wind was helpful. It was blowing into the mouth of the marina, which helped contain it. But there was a strong shine throughout the port.
Responders used approximately 1,000 absorbent pads to soak up the diesel.
The US Coast Guard and the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy are determining whether or not Mr. Allen will face fines over the accident.
Mr. Allen will be financially responsible for the cost of cleanup work.
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