By Kristina Pritchett

For the 15th consecutive year, volunteers will dive into the Dana Point Harbor to take part in an underwater cleanup.

On Saturday, Sept. 17, as part of the California Coastal Cleanup, members of the community will gear up in their scuba attire and help rid the harbor of debris.

“They go underwater and pick up any lost items that may have blown off a boat or a dock,” said Kelly Rinderknecht, coordinator for the harbor event and general manager at Dana West Marina.

Rinderknecht said there are more than 100 divers signed up to participate, but the event is always seeking more volunteers.

One thing the cleanup has that’s unique is volunteers can win prizes for their unique finds.

“We’ve found bicycles, kayaks, beer bottles and everything in between,” Rinderknecht said. “There’s been some interesting finds.”

In total, since 2009, the volunteers have pulled more than 65,000 pounds of debris from the ocean.

Volunteers are welcomed to participate and can do so by calling the Dana West Marina at 949.493.6222 or by emailing kellyr@danawestmarina.com. For more information on the event, visit dphunderwatercleanup.com.

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