SINCE 2013, it has been claimed online that a group of divers in Sabah made it into the Guinness World Records for the longest underwater cleanup. Is this true?
In April 2013, a large group of divers made it into the Guinness World Records by taking part in an underwater clean-up that ended up being the longest ever, totaling 168 hours and 39 minutes.
The cleanup took place in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, and took place at the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park which covered 224 dive sites around the islands.
A total of 139 volunteer divers from Malaysia, France, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, USA, Lithuania, Switzerland, Hong Kong and the Netherlands performed a total of 1,120 dives in the marine park.
In total, the volunteers recovered a whopping 3,171.59kg of waste, including over 1,500kg of plastic materials, and over 700kg of wood and mixed materials.