633 divers broke world record after collecting more than 1,600 pounds of rubbish from Florida Beach


Keeping the world clean is not an easy thing to do and can never be achieved by one person alone. A group of locals and divers from Europe and South America were well aware of this and descended on Deerfield Beach, north of Miami to take part in a record-breaking beach cleanup operation.

On its 15th year organized by Dixie Divers and Deerfield Beach Women’s Club, the group of 633 divers collected more rubbish than ever this year—around 1,626 pounds of rubbish and 60 pounds of fishing line.

They did it all only in a two-hour cleanup operation.

Credit: Facebook/Dixie Divers

CNN reported that the effort has broken the Guinness World Record for the largest group to conduct an underwater cleanup. The previous record was held by Ahmed Gabr, a former scuba diver with the Egyptian Army, who organized a dive for 613 divers in the Red Sea in 2015.

They not only did an amazing effort in cleaning the rubbish but also set a new world record too!

Credit: Unilad

According to Unilad, the official weight of the collection is still being tallied but some people estimated that the cleanup removed around 3,200 pounds of debris. Tyler Bourgoine who helped organize the event stated that there’s so much debris present in the area off the Deerfield Beach because the place is very popular for fishing.

“It was a great time. Everyone was working together and cleaning up one part of the reef or pier,” said Bourgoine.

“The last record took 24 hours and we did it in two hours, so it’s amazing,” told the owner of Dixie Divers facility in Deerfield Beach, Arlington Pavan to The Hill.

“It’s amazing to see everybody here, happy, just amazing. “

National Ocean Service reported that around eight million tonnes of plastic enter the oceans every year. Hence, an operation like this is giving more hope to the oceans and should definitely be done more frequently.


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