Dolphin Aquatic Diving Club clears debris from Little Current waterfront

Divers clear waterfront debris from the Port of Little Current including this massive deadhead that was a hazard for boat traffic. The Big Clean-up 2016 event was sponsored, as it has for the past several years, by NBS Auto of Little Current and the Dolphin Aquatic Club. In photo are: volunteers Bruce Burnett, Rose Burnett, Laurie McCulligh, Mel Young (with Aubrey and Jameson), Ashley Hanson and dogs Samantha and Cuda along with divers Jackson Young, Terry Gauthier, John Varney, Steve Fingas, Ron May, Mark Evans and Norm Lefebvre. photo by Michael Erskine

LITTLE CURRENT— Divers and local volunteers gathered on the Little Current waterfront this past Saturday for a recreational dive with a purpose, cleaning up the debris that has accumulated on the waterfront of the Port of Little Current.

In what has become an annual event, sponsored by NBS Auto of Little Current and supported by local volunteers, divers from the Dolphin Aquatic Club ply their skills along the waterfront docks hauling countless tires, bottles, shopping carts, bicycles, the occasional cell phone and wallet, as well as rusted tools from over 100 years of activity at a busy Great Lakes port. This year there was a massive deadhead log which really challenged the entire crew to land.

“We didn’t find any batteries, which is a really good thing,” said Mr. Burnett, who helped haul the recovered materials to a nearby dumpster, “but that log was really the biggest thing we have ever tried to pull out.”

The divers are somewhat selective in their cull, usually choosing to only bring up broken glass and leaving the occasional intact bottle or other non-dangerous material in situ for other divers to examine.

“It’s a lot of fun and we really enjoy doing it,” said Jackson Young, Dolphin Aquatic Club president and diving instructor. “We really have to thank NBS Auto for their sponsorship of the dive again this year, they are really the ones who make this happen.”

Following this year’s dive, which saw seven divers take part, a fish fry provided the opportunity for some camaraderie and an opportunity to shake off the early fall chill from the water.