Florida Divers Just Set A World Record For Underwater Cleanup

Setting records and promoting environmentalism.

More than 630 scuba divers helped clean the ocean floor clean in Deerfield Beach, Florida, breaking the Guinness World Record for underwater cleanups.

The divers entered the water as Guinness adjudicator Michael Empric looked on, counting each of them off on their way in. Some divers came from as far as Illinois to break the record, participate in an ocean cleanup and raise awareness about the pollution in ocean water.

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"It doesn't matter what happens today with the Guinness World Records," 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."

But the divers did, in fact, break the previous record of 614 divers, which took place in the Red Sea in Egypt.  One young woman discovered an old metal sign warning boats not to complete within 100 feet of the pier. Plenty found trash. And RJ Harper, a diver and environmentalist, said that more than 1,600 pounds of fishing weights were found and extracted, according to the Sun Sentinel. 

"All those times the line gets caught, you just never really think about it," Harper told the paper. "Obviously, trash was collected, but the beauty of it is with 633 divers, we were able to do a very thorough cleaning."

It was the 14th year in a row the divers, organized by Dixie Divers, have done a cleanup of the beach. This year, they got to break a record along the way.

Cover photo: Dixie Divers / Facebook

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