Swimmers ignore warnings to avoid ‘toxic’ Blue Lagoon dubbed UK’s most dangerous water
People have defied lockdown warnings to swim in lagoon water branded ‘the most dangerous in the UK’ by a police chief.
Locals flocked to Harpur Hill Lagoon in Buxton, Derbyshire, known locally as the Blue Lagoon, as Bank Holiday temperatures soared, despite warnings it was a landfill toxic.
The chemical value of PH in water makes it similar to swimming in “a bath of bleach”, DerbyshireLive Reports.
It is also said to be filled with old cars, animal carcasses and excrement, but locals still go to Harpur Hill to swim in the water.
Danielle, 22, from Sheffield, said: “My family have been coming here for years so I thought it would be busy but didn’t expect it to be that busy to be fair.
“We just came down with the kids for a picnic, but I don’t think we’ll be stopping for long. I can’t believe how crowded it is. I’m amazed people are swimming. The signs make it clear how dangerous it is.”
Earlier this year Derbyshire Police were criticized for pouring black dye into water to deter visitors.
The water in the lake is dyed black each year in an effort to make the site less appealing to visitors.
The Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service posted a message on Twitter saying: ‘We are aware that people continue to visit Harpur Hill Quarry, known locally as the Blue Lagoon.
“Did you know it gets its blue color from toxic deposits that seep from the quarry stone and has the same PH value as bleach!”
Derbyshire Police Chief Peter Goodman previously said: ‘This area was a quarry near Buxton and the water there looks a very attractive blue as it is full of chemicals.
“It looks attractive, so a lot of people go there. But it’s probably the UK’s most dangerous water, experts say.
“It is very alkaline and full of chemicals. It’s like going for a bleach bath.
“Every year we try to make it less attractive so people don’t go there. It’s not this coronavirus that did this, we do it every year.”