Long Island bay stewards honored in Hofstra student film [VIDEO]

Op. SPLASH Documentary
Op. SPLASH Documentary

Hofstra students Corey Protin (left) and Alex Faul (center) speak with Rob Weltner (right), president of Operation SPLASH, at the premier of the documentary “Standing Against the World: The Operation SPLASH Story,” in Freeport on Oct. 27, 2012.

Operation SPLASH has been removing trash from Long Island’s southern bays since before both Alex Faul and Corey Protin were born. That hasn’t stopped the two from capturing the spirit of the organization like few others have in its 23-year history.

The two Hofstra seniors applied the skills they acquired as students in the Video, Television and Film department to make a documentary titled “Standing Against the World: The Operation SPLASH Story.”

Rob Weltner, president of SPLASH, said that more than 200 people attended the premier of the documentary on Saturday Oct. 27, at SPLASH’s headquarters on the Freeport Nautical Mile.

“There wasn’t one eye off of that screen tonight,” Weltner said. “Tonight was a huge success.”

SPLASH is an acronym for “Stop Polluting Littering and Save Harbors.” The organization weighs the garbage its members collect on their daily cleanup expeditions. By its own count, SPLASH has removed over 1 million pounds of trash and debris from the bays.

Watch the video below for the full story of the documentary premier.