633 divers collect over 1600 pounds of trash, set a new world record
Last week, a group of 633 scuba divers in Florida did their bit for the environment by picking up more than 1,600 pounds of trash and 60 pounds of fishing gear from the ocean floor. In the process, they set the Guinness World Record for the largest underwater cleanup.
This is the fifth annual ocean cleanup of the area that has been orchestrated by the Dixie Divers and Deerfield Beach Women’s Club. The previous world record for the largest underwater cleanup was set in Egypt back in 2015 with 614 divers – but the Florida divers says that they are simply happy to do their part in tidying up the sea.
“It doesn’t matter what happens today with the Guinness World Records,” Guinness adjudicator Michael Empric told the Sun Sentinel. “What really matters is that everyone is out there cleaning up around the pier and trying to improve the community.”