Harpur Hill Blue Lagoon is the UK’s most dangerous swimming spot
Police are warning tourists and locals trying to beat the heat in the UK to stay away from a beautiful blue lagoon which has a dangerous secret.
Police are warning tourists to stay away from a dangerous blue lagoon that looks like swimming in a “bleach bath”.
The deceptive lime quarry in Harpur Hill, on the outskirts of Buxton in Derbyshire, has an attractive swimming pool.
However, according to experts, it is “probably the most dangerous water in the UK” and is so toxic it can burn the skin, with high alkaline pH levels that are similar to those of bleach.
Now, due to the current hot weather in the UK, police have issued a new warning to holidaymakers who may be tempted to swim.
Police were forced to make a similar plea last year after around 2,000 people traveled to the area to soak up the sun.
And the police even had to dye the water black to deter visitors.
A sign next to the pool warns that the toxic water could cause “skin and eye irritation, stomach problems, and fungal infections such as thrush.”
And another points out that the lagoon has been used as a dumping ground in the past.
The beautiful body of water is actually home to car wrecks, garbage, feces and dead animals.
Police issued a statement which read: ‘There are a number of disused quarries in Derbyshire and across the country. “
“Many of them are on private land, so in addition to the risk of penalties for trespassing, people swimming in quarry waters put themselves in danger of cold water shock, injure themselves by objects hidden below the surface or other pollution-related health problems.
âPlease don’t put yourself in danger. “
This article originally appeared on The Sun and has been republished with permission