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Astro, Discovery unite on Guinness World Records’ underwater clean-up

Malaysia’s pay-TV platform Astro and Discovery Networks Asia Pacific are co-operating on 30-minute TV special, “Reef Rescuers”. ContentAsia reports that the programme is scheduled to air on Discovery Channel in May.

The show charts Astro Kasih’s Beautiful Malaysia Guinness World Records attempt for the longest underwater clean up, currently taking place at the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. The clean-up started on Saturday 6 April and runs to this coming Saturday (13 April). The Astro Kasih’s Beautiful Malaysia initiative is part of Astro’s Corporate Social Responsibility initiative. The idea this year is to raise awareness of marine conservation.

The clean-up involves volunteer divers from Malaysia and across the world in an “epic, non-stop 168-hour, seven-day underwater clean up mission”.

140 qualified divers from Malaysia, France, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, USA, Lithuania, Switzerland, Hong Kong and the Netherlands will take part in this dive attempt. These include volunteer divers from various professions such as cardiologists, marine biologists, architects, chemists, journalists, as well as officers from the Royal Malaysian Police, Malaysian Maritime Enforcement, Fire and Rescue Department, together with the Hong Kong Police Force. This attempt will also see qualified divers from all ages take part in this dive, with the oldest being 63 years old.