• 633 divers in South Florida set world record for largest underwater cleanup

    By: Michelle Ewing, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

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    DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. -

    Hundreds of divers removed litter from the ocean floor near a popular Florida beach – and set a world record in the process.

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    According to the South Florida Sun Sentinel, 633 divers joined forces Saturday morning at Deerfield Beach to accomplish the feat, which occurred at Dixie Divers' annual pier cleanup.

    >> See photos and a video from the event here

    Posted by Dixie Divers on Saturday, June 15, 2019

    Michael Empric, a representative from Guinness World Records in New York, attended the event and tallied the participants. 

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    "Today, I'm the official eyes and ears of Guinness World Records on the ground, so we know immediately whether or not the record's been broken," Empric told the Sun Sentinel.

    They ended up breaking the previous record for the largest underwater cleanup, set four years ago by a group of 614 divers in the Red Sea.

    >> See the Facebook post here

    Yes, we are officially World Record holder for the Largest Underwater CleanUp with amazing 633 divers @deerfieldbeachpier #dixiedivers #squalodivers #padi #projectaware #mares #aqualung #guinnessworldrecords

    Posted by Dixie Divers on Saturday, June 15, 2019

    This isn't the first time Dixie Divers has broken a world record. At last year's Deerfield Beach cleanup, 386 divers set the record for the longest underwater human chain.

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