Scuba Diver Determined To Rid Ocean Of Plastic – Twillingate’s Harbour Hero·
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Air bubbles break the water’s surface near the government wharf in Bay Roberts, N.L.
Under the water, the bubbles come from scuba diver Shawn Bath.
He’s on the ocean bottom struggling to tie an old tire to a rope so he can haul it up to the surface and out of the ocean.
Over the course of a month, he’s done this about 50 times, hauling tires out of the harbour.
“It’s heartbreaking,” he says. “Heartbreaking to see what people have done to our environment.”
Bath has been a commercial scuba diver for 21 years and has worked in waters around wharves all across Newfoundland and Labrador.
“Everywhere I’ve dove has been been pretty much the same thing — garbage, tires, rubber boots, rubber coats,” he said.
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