Beach clean group to sail Atlantic on Scilly plastic
UPDATE - IT TURNS OUT THAT THIS WAS AN APRIL FOOL'S JOKE, WHICH I SWALLOWED HOOK, LINE AND SINKER. OOPS!
Clean Ocean Sailing are to cross the Atlantic on a raft made of plastic bottles found on the Isles of Scilly.
In February, volunteers from the group removed 3.5 tonnes of marine debris from the islands over two weeks as part of their mission to clean the UK's "coasts and oceans sustainably under sail and raise awareness about ocean plastics".
The rubbish included 3,000 plastic bottles, which will now be used to create a vessel to power them across the Atlantic ocean - and they are inviting people to come along.
They wrote on social media: "To highlight the problem of marine plastic waste in our oceans - Clean Ocean Sailing are inviting volunteers to join us on the worlds first human powered plastic bottle trans Atlantic crossing!
"Using the 3000 plastic bottles we recently removed from the beautiful uninhabited islands of Scilly we are building a massive bottle shaped raft which we will row across the Atlantic Ocean next year.
"Setting off from St Mary’s harbour on the Isles of Scilly a team of 6 brave environmental activists will row the massive 'message' in a bottle across to the Caribbean delivering the plastic awareness message in a bottle to the world!"
The group hope to gain funding for future trips to Scilly through crowdfunding, saying as little as £2 a month "makes a real difference".
Follow Clean Ocean Sailing's progress, find out more about them or donate to their mission at https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/cleanoceansailing.