Police warn to stay away from dangerous blue lagoon “like swimming in a bath of bleach”


Police have issued a new warning not to swim in the disused quarries as they continue to monitor a “dangerous” blue lagoon in the Peak District.

The limestone quarry, known as Harpur Hill Quarry, has been described as “possibly the UK’s most dangerous water”.

Indeed, its high alkaline pH makes it similar to swimming in a “bleach bath”.

Derbyshire Police say they continue to monitor the lagoon and urge people not to risk swimming in disused quarries.

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In May of last year, the force issued a warning after about 2,000 people flocked there in hot weather.

The force said it received no reports of antisocial behavior around the Harpur Hill quarry over the recent bank holiday weekend.

However, they urge people to think twice before heading into disused careers.

A force spokesperson said: “Officers did not receive any reports of anti-social behavior around the Harpur Hill quarry over the public holiday weekend, but continue to monitor the area and work with law enforcement agencies. partnership to help maintain this over the long term.



The water in the quarry has a dangerous pH

“There are a number of disused quarries in Derbyshire and across the country.

“Many of them are on private land, so that in addition to the risk of offenses, people swimming in quarry waters are exposed to cold water shock, injury to themselves by objects. hidden below the surface or other pollution-related health problems.

“Please don’t put yourself in danger.”

It comes as two teenagers lost their lives after swimming in open water in Yorkshire last week.

Sam Haycock, 16, tragically lost his life after jumping to help a friend at Ulley Reservoir in Rotherham on Friday May 28.

Despite an extensive search by emergency services, his body was found soon after.

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Four days later, a 13-year-old boy was killed after playing in the Calder River in Brighouse on Tuesday, June 1.

The boy’s body was found after hours of urgent searches by specialized teams of police and firefighters.

He was playing with friends in the river near Armytage Road but struggled.

Police were called at 2:38 p.m. and were joined at the scene by firefighters, paramedics and an air ambulance.

West Yorkshire Police also reiterated a message to think twice before swimming in open water.

The force said on Wednesday: “We would like to remind the public of the dangers of swimming in lakes, reservoirs, rivers and canals.

“Thinking of taking a dip to cool off from the hot weather?”

“Please think again. “


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