633 divers came together today to raise awareness about ocean pollution and unite to try and break a Guinness World Record books for the world’s largest underwater cleanup and they did it!
The previous record was reportedly set in 2015 by a group of 614 divers in the Red Sea.
— FOX 10 Phoenix (@FOX10Phoenix) June 16, 2019
Michael Empric, an adjudicator for Guinness who called himself the “official eyes and ears of Guinness World Records on the ground” in an interview with the paper, said he counted off every diver who entered the water for more than 15 minutes.
“I actually stood there and clicked off everyone as they got in the water,” he said. “So we know immediately whether or not the record’s been broken.”
Arlington Pavan, the owner of the Dixie Divers facility in Deerfield Beach, was excited by the turnout for the cleanup event.
“Oh, it’s amazing to see everybody here, happy, just amazing,” Pavan told the newspaper. “The last record took 24 hours and we did it in two hours, so it’s amazing.”
Thanks to all the divers, participants, and organizers. We need to come together and save our animals in the sea. Approximately 100,000 marine creatures a year die from plastic entanglement and these are the ones found. About one million sea birds also die from plastic.