Influencers have been swimming in a toxic dump lake for Instagram

Influencers have been swimming in a toxic dump lake for Instagram

Aerial View over Novosibirsk

That blue is down to harmful metal oxides (Picture: Getty)

Pictures make it look like a pristine and beautiful sea, with azure waters like you’d find in the Caribbean.

So no wonder influencers are flocking to this lake in Russia.

There’s just one problem: It’s actually a dump for harmful ash from a nearby thermal power station.

Its bright blue colour comes from metal oxides and calcium salts dissolved in the water.

The Russian power plant which owns the lake urged people to stop swimming in pursuit of the perfect picture.

Siberian Generating Company warned online: ‘You can not swim in the ash dump. The water in it has a high alkaline environment. Skin contact with such water may cause an allergic reaction!’

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They said the bottom of the lake was extremely muddy and that getting out ‘is almost impossible.’

In capital letters, they urged: ‘THEREFORE, WE ASK YOU VERY MUCH THAT IN YOUR QUEST FOR A SELFIE YOU DON’T FALL DOWN INTO THE ASH DUMP! THIS IS THE BIGGEST RISK.’

One man posted a photograph of himself wearing a balaclava and riding an inflatable unicorn in the lake.

Clearly not taking the warnings too seriously, he wrote: ‘It’s not dangerous to swim there. The next morning, my legs turned slightly red and itched for two days, but then everything went. But what can you not do for the sake of such pictures?’

‘The water tastes a bit sour, looks like chalk.’

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So far, the publicity only seems to be attracting more people to the lake.

An Instagram account dedicated to finding those people who took pictures there has so far found over 200 examples.



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