17 Places You Should Never Ever Swim
- Published on: 12/8/2017
- No matter how well you think you can swim, dive, or even jump, it’s best to stay away from these certain bodies of water. We’re talking about the lakes, diving spots, and waterholes that you would be better off letting alone. And if you ever come across any of these places, keep the swimsuit at home.
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7. Do Not Jump Here
Just because the waters look like a pretty aquamarine and the waterfall doesn’t look that daunting, when visiting Kipu Falls, Hawaii, you probably should go there with the intention of jumping down. The site even has a reputation for being dangerous, as at least 5 people have drowned, not counting the rest who have gotten injured. As a result, the access route was blocked off by the company that owns the land, and anyone else who tried to go through would be considered trespassers. The water sits 20 feet below the falls and features a strong whirlpool with a current that can drag swimmers down under the water.
6. The Polluted Lake Karachay
Lake Karachay was once a place where the Soviet Union disposed of products from their nuclear weapon facilities. Following additional nuclear accidents, the water became highly polluted from radioactive waste. A factory nearby held the most prominent of Russia’s nuclear possessions in the 1940s and was unknown to the public until the 1990s. Millions of cubic meters of water had flowed from the lake carrying with it hazardous materials that affected those who lived nearby. Radioactive-related illnesses rose in the later years though there apparently aren’t any warning signs to inform people in the area or on the roads of the lake’s danger.
5. Cute Name, Dangerous Waters
You really need to get past the name of Bubbly Creek in order to pay attention to just how unsafe it is for you to swim Bubbly Creek. Why? Well if you’ve ever read The Jungle by Upton Sinclair, you’ll know that this south fork portion of the Chicago River has been contaminated with the decomposing remains of animals butchered from Chicago’s prominent meatpacking district. The name “bubbly” comes from the occurrence of the water bubbling from the blood and entrails decomposing in the water.
4. The Lost Sink
The Lost Sink, or more commonly referred to as Eagle’s Nest Sinkhole, can be found near St. Petersburg--the one in Florida, not Russia. It has the name “eagle” in it, after all. Though it looks small enough to be a lake or even a pond, this sinkhole has proved to be a treacherous sinkhole, measuring at 310 feet or 94 meters deep. You need Trimix certification to dive into these underwater cave systems that contain over 1 mile or 2 kilometers of uncharted passages. Even with equipment and training, lots of divers have passed out and died here, other getting tangled up in their guidelines or just not getting help in time since the area’s so remote.
3. The Literal Boiling Lake
One of the most famous hot lakes in the world and the second largest hot lake in the world is The Boiling Lake located in Dominica’s Morne Trois Piton National Park. The flooded fumarole, at its widest, measures to 250 feet or 76 meters across. Throughout the years, different events such as eruptions have varied the size of the lake and its activity. The lake actually is more of an opening in the Earth’s crust that lets out steam the from molten lava flowing beneath it. The water can reach temperatures from 180 to 197 degrees fahrenheit or 82 to 92 degrees celsius. However, at the center of the fumarole where the lake is actually boiling, the temperature reaches much higher.
2. The Beach With A Warning
Though there’s loads of beaches on the Hawaiian islands and Hanakapiai beach proves to be one of the most dangerous ones, it seems there’s so stopping people from visiting it. A warning written on a wooden plank can be famously found on the beach, warning visitors of the strong, unseen currents and shows a tally of how many people have died as a result of said currents. At last count, the tallies reached 80 people.
The Bolton Strid
No that you’ve been warned of the places that have ripped people away or drowned them occasionally, we’re going to talk about the one that’s done that to everyone. The Bolton Strid, part of the River Wharfe in Yorkshire England, only measures a “strid” or a “stride” across, and yet it has proved a deadly trap for people trying to step right through it. Also known more simply as “the strid,” this portion of the river measures much narrower than the rest, cutting right into the limestone rather deeply. The ledges seem dangerously narrower than it really is, so those who have tried leaping over or just stepping right through get tricked. Apparently, everyone who’s ever done this has not survived. So, best to just go around.
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