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It was hot, dirty work, but someone had to do it.

Volunteers in six states spent Saturday picking up men's underwear, highway signs and other debris left by floods and litterbugs along the Ohio River's 2,000-mile shoreline."You name it, she's floating around in there," said Tom Szymanek, the Hancock County coordinator for the sixth annual Ohio River Sweep.

The sweep covered 981 miles, from the confluence of the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers in Pittsburgh to the Ohio's mouth at the Mississippi River at Cairo, Ill.

Volunteers in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois took part. At least one area in each of the 72 counties along the river was designated for cleanup.

"We had people start as early as 6:30 a.m. to beat the heat," said David Kessell, coordinator of the 80 Jackson County volunteers who scoured 15 miles of shoreline.

Wayne County coordinator Teresa Booth has worked on the River Sweep for five years. She got involved because her nephew drowned in the area she now cleans.

"We never recovered his body. That was our reasoning. We were really hoping at the beginning we could find his remains," she said. "Then it's like, you're involved, you stay involved."

Among the items picked up Saturday were a child's plastic swimming pool, ladders and tires.

A woman in Massac County, Ill., found a cast-iron fish cooker. "It was the catch of the day," said Terry Johnson, who organized 203 volunteers at three sites.