Egyptian diver Ahmed Gabr has struck again, setting a new Guinness World Record for the largest underwater clean-up.
Gabr, who holds two other Guinness World Records, completed this task with 644 other divers in Hurghada, Egypt.
The clean-up event, which took place from June 4 to 6 at the Hilton Plaza in Hurghada, beat last year’s record-holding underwater clean-up in which 300 divers participated in the United Arab Emirates for its government-sponsored event, according to Egyptian Streets .
“The total number of divers, who set yesterday’s new Guinness World Record in deep sea cleaning, reached 644 after it was originally planned for 400,” Gabr told Egyptian Streets after the dive.
The Red Sea clean-up was organized by Gabr under the patronage of the Tourism Ministry in hope of achieving his vision of “reinforcing Egypt’s international recognition through maintaining environmental conservation and promoting the rich marine life in the Red Sea,” according to Gabr’s official website.
“This international event will have a profound impact on enhancing tourism and drawing the world’s attention to recreational diving in Egypt, as well as the state’s interest in preserving a clean marine environment to sustain ecological balance,” Tourism Ministry official Mostafa Abdel Latif said, according to MENA.
The Egyptian diver wanted to show the underwater world appreciation and gratitude. Gabr definitely has reason to be grateful to the Red Sea. The diver holds the Guinness World Records for both "The Deepest Scuba Dive (Male)" and "The Deepest Scuba Dive in Sea Water" for his 2014 dive that took place in the Nabq protectorate in Sinai. The dive lasted 13 hours and 50 minutes at a depth of 332.35 meters.