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Associated Press, AP

Ludington — Authorities have closed the beach of a Lake Michigan state park after a grounded, stranded pleasure boat broke apart just offshore.

A piece of the stern of the Tica, a Traverse City-based vessel, rests along the Lake Michigan shoreline north of the Big Sable Point Lighthouse at Ludington State Park in Michigan, on Saturday, April 22, 2017.

Ludington State Park officials announced late Friday the western Michigan beach has been closed as debris washes shore. U.S. Coast Guard officials say they are overseeing the salvage operation of the 76-foot vessel, which was grounded April 15 when the operator noticed the boat was taking on water.

Officials say about 70 gallons of oily water have been removed from the starboard tank and there are no reports of pollution.

Coast Guard officers responded and removed the operator, who was piloting the boat from Pentwater to Traverse City.