Bar­na­cles, Coast Guard divers team up for cleanup

The Victoria Standard - - Local News -

Don Gal­lop of the Bad­deck Bar­na­cles Scuba Div­ing So­ci­ety says un­der­wa­ter vis­i­bil­ity was “good” on Sept. 15 for divers tak­ing part in the Ocean Con­ser­vancy’s an­nual In­ter­na­tional Coastal Cleanup.

Divers from Bad­deck, Syd­ney and the Cana­dian Coast Guard Col­lege re­trieved hun­dreds of pounds of garbage from west of the Vil­lage Wharf as far as the Bad­deck Marine. Var­i­ous plas­tics items, cans, bot­tles, a new bi­cy­cle and a wal­let with a small amount of money and no per­sonal iden­ti­fi­ca­tion. One item eluded them.

“It's painted blue and yel­low,” said Gal­lop of the lost an­chor owned by the Bras d’or Yacht Club. “We saw it once, but had noth­ing to sal­vage it. We went back out look­ing for it and we didn’t find it. But we will, don't worry. It's there. It's in front of the yacht club. It's hit and miss some­times when you're look­ing for things, un­less you know ex­actly where they are.”

Gal­lop says divers can typ­i­cally see twice their body length in front and be­hind them. On Cleanup day, divers dove a depth of 25 feet.

In all, 27 reg­is­tered for the event – six divers from the Bad­deck Bar­na­cles (Eric Lawaitis, Scott Wil­liamson, Dan Mc­coart, Don Gal­lop, Stacey Peti­pas, Dan Chi­as­son), six divers from the Cana­dian Coast Guard Col­lege (Char­lotte Ares, Macken­zie Collings, Court­ney God­dard, Xavier Stochmal, An­dre Roy, Pa­trice Vail­lain­court) and Jes­sica Langille of Syd­ney.

Bad­deck sup­port staff in­cluded Peter Pat­ter­son, Car­lie Kerr and Linda Mc­coart. Non-divers from the Coast Guard Col­lege pro­vid­ing shore as­sis­tance were Mar­i­ana Duque and Vin­cent How­ell.

Sup­port staff helped divers get into their equip­ment and kept a look­out from the shore to make sure no boats tres­pass. Divers used flags to mark the dive area which was also pa­trolled to pre­vent boaters pass­ing through. Sup­port staff re­ceived the garbage from the divers and loaded the truck for trans­port to the En­viro-de­pot.

The en­tire dive took place un­der the watch­ful eye of dive in­struc­tor Brad Ra­hey (Pro­fes­sional As­so­ci­a­tion of Dive In­struc­tors - PADI) owner of the Dive Cor­ner dive shop in Syd­ney.

Divers fu­eled up on cof­fee and donuts do­nated by Tim Hor­ton’s be­fore and were re­warded with a BBQ lunch.

The Ocean Con­ser­vancy’s In­ter­na­tional Coastal Cleanup is held each year on the third Satur­day of Septem­ber. 2018 cleanup sta­tis­tics are not yet avail­able. In 2017, 800,000 vol­un­teers, in­clud­ing 5707 divers, col­lec­tively re­moved more than 20 mil­lion pieces of trash from beaches and wa­ter­ways around the world weigh­ing 77,137 kg.

To learn more about Ocean Con­ser­vancy ef­forts, visit ocean­con­ser­vancy.org. Fol­low Bad­deck Bar­na­cles on Face­book.

Front Row (L-R): Dwaine Black, Rachelle Black, Elsie Lat­waitis, Court­ney God­dard. 2rd Row (L-R): Brad Ra­hey, My­lene Black, Francine Roberts, Ernest Roberts. 3rd Row (L-R): Jes­sica Langille, Stacey Pet­ti­pas, Mar­i­ana Duque, Char­lotte Ares, Daniel Chi­as­son. Back Row (L-R): Don Gal­lop, Scott Wil­liamson, Daniel Mc­coart, Linda Mc­coart, An­drew Logue, Pa­trice Vail­lan­cort, Eric Lat­waitis, An­dré Roy. Sub­mit­ted photo.

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