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Man Walks On River Due To Amount Of Rubbish Accumulated

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Man Walks On River Due To Amount Of Rubbish Accumulated

We've all seen a shopping trolley in a canal - but what about an entire river full to the brim with rubbish?

So much so that someone is literally able to walk across it all - instead of sinking in the water.

Shocking pictures show the moment the man managed to 'walk on water' due to the huge amount of rubbish that had accumulated in a river running through a Brazilian rainforest natural park.

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Credit: Newsflash
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The rubbish was spotted in the Sarapui River in Rio de Janeiro state, in south-eastern Brazil.

Images of the barefoot bloke simply walking over the jam-packed rubbish were captured on the morning of 6 November.

The pictures show the unidentified fella as he balances on plastics, bottles, cans, pieces of wood and glass, and other discarded materials.

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Credit: Newsflash
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The sea of rubbish was pictured extending to the Mendanha State Park, a highly biodiverse forest in Rio de Janeiro state, home to jaguarundis, lowland pacas and tufted capuchins.

The forested area had been designated as a state park in 2013, partly to protect the region's water resources.

The man, who was dressed in a polo shirt and shorts, even gave a wave to the camera snapping him from above.

The Sarapui river flows for 36 kilometres (22 miles) through Rio de Janeiro state. It often overflows, due to soil impermeability and reduction of space for the water to flow, causing floods.

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It is acknowledged by the authorities to be highly polluted and part of a general problem. Millions of Brazilians do not have access to basic sanitation, particularly in the region through which the Sarapui River flows.

It looks as though this area needs the help of Tom Caddick and his family, who remove millions of tonnes of plastic and other rubbish from oceans around the world.

Back in the 1960s Tom's great-grandfather, Francis Caddick, from Liverpool, invented a boat called the Water Witch that skimmed bits of plastic and other debris off the water so it could be taken away.

Fifty years later, the family business is still going strong.

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Tom, his dad and granddad all still help out with the business. Credit: Water Witch
Tom, his dad and granddad all still help out with the business. Credit: Water Witch

Speaking to LADbible earlier this year, Tom said: "We are now a fourth generation family business; the first Water Witch was invented by my great-grandfather.

"He had a company called Bootle Barge - he was responsible for taking waste and cargos from ships in the Liverpool docks and transporting it away using his barges.

"He invented the Water Witch as there was always so much rubbish in the docks and nobody had any easy methods of removing it, so he designed a boat which could deal with all the rubbish quickly and easily, to keep the docks clean."

Featured Image Credit: Newsflash

Topics: Pollution, News, Weird

Rebecca Shepherd
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