Litterpickers launch underwater effort!
Published on 16/04/2009 11:15
DIVERS from the Reefers and Wreckers diver training facility in Clitheroe decided they would give Mother Earth some attention on Mothers' Day by holding a clean-up day at Devil's Bridge, Kirkby Lonsdale.
The group of a dozen divers and four surface support, one of whom was the centre owner's baby daughter, Milana, wanted to raise awareness to the ever-increasing problem of the rubbish both above and below the water.
The event was supported by Project Aware Foundation, which strives to educate people about the delicate state that the earth is in and what the human race is able to do about it.
The divers managed to raise 88 for Project Aware through raffle ticket sales, with the lucky winner walking away with a box set of Jacque Cousteau DVDs donated by Reefers and Wreckers.
The divers made two dives in the river, where they were able to recover anything from plastic bags to a Wellington boot and a pair of socks.
They also collected sweet wrappers, beer cans and drinks cartons, presumably discarded by the very people who walk round the area to enjoy its beauty.
In between the dives the group enjoyed a barbecue and answered questions about what they were doing from curious members of the public, who all agreed it was a very good idea.
Reefers and Wreckers dive centre will hold more clean-up days in the near future and anyone wanting more information or keen to get involved can contact Mr Michael Turner on 01254 825555 or visit: www.reefersandwreckers.co.uk