Local Divers To Help Clean River Following Regatta

Published by The Bee News

August 10, 2018

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BULLHEAD CITY–About 50 divers will don snorkels and scuba gear early Sunday morning and hit the river to help clean up any trash leftover from the Laughlin River Regatta.

Dive Shack USA owner Jerry Portwood said he is expecting between 45 and 50 people from Southern California, Tucson, Las Vegas and locally, who will help scan the river in a three-mile trip from Davis Camp to Community Park.

Portwood said some of the divers and snorkelers may want to continue farther down to Rotary Park.

“We have been diving and cleaning up the river after the Regatta for many years,” said Portwood. “All divers and snorkelers are volunteers.”

In 2016, Portwood said the diving crew collected enough trash to fill an eight-foot truck bed. The estimated amount or weight was not known though.

During that clean-up, divers found 13 cellphones, two GoPro’s, 30 gallons of glass bottled Fireball Whiskey, 80 filled bottles of Modela, a wallet and crossbow.

Out of that collection, two cellphones and the wallet made it back to their owners.

This year, Laughlin River Regatta rules state no glass bottles are allowed during the float, but beer cans are. All floaters are asked to drink responsibly during the event.

This river clean-up falls under the plans that Marnell Gaming has put into place to reduce the amount of trash leftover from floaters.

“Marnell Gaming asked us to be involved and wanted us to put people in the river to help with the cleanup, so we are working with them and M&M Landscaping,” said Portwood.

Marnell Gaming is providing Portwood’s team on Sunday an escort by the Contemporary Services Corporation due to the fact the river will be reopened for normal use.

CSC is a lifeguard group out of Orange County, California that help patrol the Colorado River on personal watercraft during the summer.

If you’re interested in joining Sunday’s diving adventures, call Portwood at 928-404-1527 or 928-530-3483.

For more information on the Dive Shack USA, visit their Facebook page HERE.

Check out one of their dives on Lake Mohave below:

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