The great ocean cleanup by 24-year-old Dutch man Boyan Slat and his company Ocean Cleanup is finally underway. Slat's 600 meter long 'plastic catcher' departed from San Francisco on Saturday and is on its way to clean up the plastic soup in the Pacific Ocean between California and Hawaii, NOS reports.
A 39-year-old woman from Maastricht died in Hawaii on Wednesday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed. It is believed the woman fell from a cliff while hiking, according to broadcaster NOS.
The woman's body was found in the water near a rocky shore. Jet skiers brought her to the beach. An autopsy revealed that se died in a fall from a great height. The local authorities believe it was an accident.
According to NOS, the victim's name is Ramona van Schendel. The local police found er personal belongings and identification on a hiking trail.
The 19-year old Delft inventor and student Boyan Slat has already received a lot of support for his Ocean Cleanup project. The plan to fish plastic out of the world's oceans would cost $2 million in its first test phase. In the last two months, more than half of that has already been raised.