633 Divers Set World Record Cleaning Ocean Floor
By Wayne Roustan.
Another of the estimated 50,000 Guinness World Records has been broken and it happened Saturday when 633 scuba divers scooped up trash from the ocean floor near the Deerfield Beach International Fishing Pier.
Guinness adjudicator Michael Empric made a rare trip from New York City to do the official head count between 9 a.m and 11 a.m.
“I actually stood there and clicked off everyone as they got in the water,” he said sporting the dark blue Guinness blazer and teal tie in 87 degree heat.
Divers entered the ocean in waves and had to stay in the water at least 15 minutes to be counted.
Dahlia Bolin, 13, was among them. She and her mother Rebecca came all the way from Mackinaw, Illinois, to help set the record, and pick up debris.
She recovered a white, metal sign with red lettering that warned: Boats Must Not Come Within 100 Yards of Pier.
“It was at the end of the pier about 20 feet down, just kind of buried in the sand,” she said. “There’s a lot of heavy weights for fishing line down there, but there’s some really beautiful fish, mostly.”
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