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Man defies warnings to swim in toxic pool 'filled with dead animals and excrement'

The stagnant water, which has been dyed black to deter people from thinking it is a beauty spot, is extremely toxic and can cause skin irritations, thrush and sickness.

The man defied warnings and went swimming in the pool anyway(Image: Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service)

A man defied warnings from the fire service to go swimming in toxic stagnant water said to be filled with 'dead animal carcasses and even excrement'.


The former quarry in Derbyshire, known as the 'Blue Lagoon', was dyed jet black to prevent day trippers from thinking it is actually a beauty spot.


In fact, it is a toxic lime dump, officially known as Hoffman Quarry and is said to contain old cars, animal carcasses and even excrement beneath its surface.


A cocktail of dangerous chemicals in the stagnant pool water can cause skin irritations, thrush and sickness, reports Derbyshire Live.


But despite several warning signs surrounding the water, and a warning from fire service personnel who urged him not to enter, the man still went swimming.

The water has been dyed black to deter tourists from mistaking it for a beauty spot(Image: BPM MEDIA)

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service took to social media to say one officer even received abuse from the man as he disregarded the warnings.


The tweet, posted last night, reads: "Despite a friendly chat from one of our prevention team this person still decided a swim in toxic black water was in order.


"What wasn’t in order was the abuse our officer, who could be called to save his life if he got into difficulty, received when trying to warn him of danger."


The former quarry has been attracting thousands of people recently, who have trespassed onto the private land surrounding the pool and used it as a picnic site.


Villagers in Harpur Hill, which lies below the quarry, say that they have been receiving abuse from some of the visitors and that the roads have become gridlocked by people parking carelessly.


At 5am on Friday morning, the council and the police worked together to respond to the local community's cry for help and took action by filling the bright blue pond with black vegetable dye.


The dye was paid for and poured in by High Peak Borough Council, working alongside Derbyshire Fire and Rescue.


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