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Published: Sunday, June 16, 2019 @ 4:07 AM
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.
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.
Michael Empric, a representative from Guinness World Records in New York, attended the event and tallied the participants.
"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.
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.