About three quarters of our blue planet is covered with water, and — with equally accurate and reliable figures — it is totally awesome and as well as terrified. Many of the Earth’s waters are untested, deep, dark, cold, and home to creatures that make nightmares like floating ghosts. Even the shallow water we are accustomed to comes with deceptive rapids, hidden caves, boiling holes, dangerous electrical pipes, and more. Somehow, in spite of all of that, diving has always been a popular pastime.
Every year, millions of divers’ dress and immerse themselves in the vast amount of water that they can find. In the process, many reunite with extreme memories and stunning images, but also: many dies. About 100-200 of them each year, on average.
This list contains both sites that are known to take divers and those with unused killings, but all of them are some of the most dangerous places to dive.
10. Chuuk Lagoon
The Chuuk Lagoon — formerly the Truk Atoll — is a collection of islands and coral reefs within the Federated States of Micronesia. It is truly a magnificent place for diving in so many ways — with its clear blue waters, a variety of marine life, and countless submarines. However, if there are small fish caught in the lake, there will have to be thousands of bombs, bombs, mines, deep cases, torpedos, and other explosives scattered all over the place.
During World War II, the Chuuk Lagoon played the role of the Empire of Japan’s largest naval base. When the U.S. Navy invaded and destroyed the site in 1944, according to The New York Times, “the world’s largest shipyard.” Perhaps the most dangerous aspect of Chuuk’s cemetery is the extent to which it remains a mystery; Several large ships, along with their explosive vessels, have yet to be discovered. The same is true of airplanes and even tanks.
9. The Citarum River
The Citarum River, one of the largest in Indonesia, is one of the tribunals on this list that may not find as many scuba divers as it does. However, if any foolish demons could try, they would soon learn why people regard the Cititalum as the most polluted river in the world.
More than 2,000 industries dump waste into the river, which is estimated at 20,000 tons per day. As a result, many parts of the river do not look like water at all. Instead, they are covered with plastic, styrofoam, and other non-perishable debris. But pure water is deadly; mercury, PCBs, lead, arsenic, and other toxins penetrate almost every gallon of the miserable Citarum River.
8. Bolton Strid
The Wharfe River flows more than 60 miles in an area around Yorkshire, England, and almost the entire length of it is amazing, attractive, beautiful, and calm. That is only true on their faces and on the banks, because the deepest parts of the river can be deadly. So dangerous is the river that it has gained two distinct divisions: “one of the world’s most dangerous water resources” and, for those who fall into it, “a 100 percent mortality rate.”
Strid’s killings stem from the fact that, in some areas, a 30-foot-wide river is shortened to just six feet wide, resulting in a rapid and noticeable increase in power, pressure, and the number of whirlpools. To top it off, several strands on Strid’s fastest parts — though still six feet wide — reach tens of feet in depth. The water below is fast, cold, fast and congested and leads to many deaths.
7. Lake Karachay
Depending on your reasons for reading the list of the most dangerous diving sites, it may come as good news or bad news that the # 7 listing has just been put in concrete. It can no longer dive. But for almost 65 years, Russia’s Lake Karachay is perhaps the most dangerous lake in the world. It was so dangerous that even complete completion did not eliminate its lethality.
From 1951 to 1957, the Soviet Union used Lake Karachay as a dumping ground for nuclear waste. The Kyshtym catastrophe then again polluted the area, raising its basic levels of radiation to levels near Chernobyl. At its peak in the 1990’s, the rays of Lake Karachay were enough to kill a person within an hour. The place has a radio and it is not completely allowed yet, it is completely filled.
6. Eagle’s Nest
The Eagle’s Nest in the remote Florida area is a series of underwater caves that make up many “deadly” lists, and for good reason: its simple deceptive scale descends quickly into the deepest, darkest, and most dangerous place in the scuba world.
The sinkhole looks like a normal, small lake. However, anyone who dives into the lake immediately learns the truth: the water level drops to a depth of more than 1,000 feet [300 m]. At that level, the high risk of deadly intoxication threatens divers even without focusing on the twisted, narrow paths where divers must continue. At least ten professional divers have died exploring The Eagle’s Nest.
5. Battery Acid Bath
Technically, this entry is thousands of places than one, but they all share one deadly substance: acidic water. In some of these caustic bodies, its water is more acidic and more concentrated than battery acid.
A lot of water can be extremely acidic in many ways, but one common way is to drain water from a nearby mine. Coal mines are often the worst offenders, indirectly (and sometimes intentionally) dumping acid and sulfide metals into rivers and lakes. Ironically, sometimes the effect is positive, turning the rivers red, orange, yellow, or green. However, diving into the water is a death sentence; water at one Iron Mountain mine in California is found to be the most acidic ever found. Its pH: -0.7!
You may have just learned that a pH can go below zero, and that should tell you how dangerous this fluid can be.
4. Lake Nyos
When a lot of water kills a lot of people, very quickly, until it becomes the name of a popular disaster, you can bet that steering away from the water is a good idea. In 1986, Lake Nyos in north western Cameroon did just that when the “Lake Nyos disaster” killed more than 1,700 people.
In fact, the waters of Nyos are unlucky to rest on top of the underground magma packs, constantly leaking CO2 upwards. The result is that the lake is prone to a rare phenomenon known as a limnic eruption, which causes a large amount of CO2 that is absorbed into the water to explode abruptly in the water like a cloud of toxic gases. The cloud, which is 100,000-300,000 tons of CO2, shot into the waters of the Lake, spread throughout the surrounding area, including a few local villages and 1,746 people.
3. Boiling Pool
The name lake means all of this. Hidden among the lush, tropical mountains of the Caribbean Island of Dominica is the boiling lake, and the title is unambiguous. In fact, fumarole is flooded.
Although it is difficult to obtain the latest records of water temperature, as is possible, scientists are rational these days, a record from two scientists in 1875 set the water temperature at 180 to 197 degrees Fahrenheit. However, they could not record the temperature of the lake, as the water was literally boiling, damaging both their tools and their liver.
2. Iceberg B-15
From one temperature to the next, we have the Iceberg B-15, which you may have heard of. More than 3,200 square miles, it was the largest iceberg ever carved until enough fragments broke to give it another crown. The B-15 had caves and water, so people dived into it.
Three National Geographic filmmakers have decided to dive into the icy, dark waters within their icy caves, and their trajectory is frightening. Some shocking, intriguing stories, from diver Jill Heinerth, state: “One minute is dangerous. I mean, very soon you lose the ability to use your hands or work or even think positively,” “There were also unusual cracks and groans from the ice. It was moving, moving, changing,” and “The cave tried to save us today.”
- Blue Hole
If you are familiar with scuba diving, or the bevy of “Extreme” specials broadcast by Nat Geo on the loop, you are probably not surprised that the blue hole of the Red Sea makes a top spot on this list. If you’re surprised, you probably don’t know the site with some of its nicknames: “The World’s Most Dangerous Dive” and “Divers Cemetery.”
There are blue holes, large ocean holes where clear water quickly falls into the depths and darkness, all over the world. Many have found a bad reputation among divers, but it is no more than a blue hole on the shores of Dahabi, Egypt. The exact number of its body is unknown but it is estimated at 200.
Although its challenges are straightforward, they are deceptive enough to kill. According to Alex Heyes, an underwater instructor, divers who try to swim beneath the rocks often do not realize that “the challenge is to dive for what Kilimanjaro is like for mountaineers.” And as a result, death continues.