Three people recently have been killed in Moscow after dry ice was poured into a swimming pool that resulted in a major accident at a birthday party.
Moscow native and Instagram influencer Yekaterina Didenko was celebrating her 29th birthday at a small indoor pool complex when her friends at the party decided to recreate a viral trend that has been going around on the internet. The trend, known as pouring dry ice into a pool, creates an effect of smoke and bubbles pouring out of a body of water.
The ominous effect is really cool to watch but little do people know the dangers of something like this.
If you didn’t know, dry ice is actually frozen carbon dioxide, which is non-toxic in low levels, but because it is a heavier gas, is built-up amounts in low-venitaled areas that can displace oxygen, resulting in fatal consequences.
Video of the stunt shows a total of nine partygoers obliviously jumping to their deaths into the poisonous pool — reportedly including the influencer’s own 32-year-old husband, Valentin Didenko. The Instagrammer, who boasts 1.5million followers, is said to have shared a video telling fans her husband had been rushed to hospital.
In the video, you can see all of the friends actually wearing white overalls and goggles as they actually poured all of the dry ice into the pool.
As the guests put the nearly 55 pounds of dry ice into the pool, the surface of the water was instantly covered in a thick white vapor, and guests begin jumping into it. The first person into the pool can be seen flailing his arms; whether he is aware of how much trouble he is in cannot be determined and the clip suddenly ends. As the human body inhales carbon dioxide rather than oxygen, symptoms such as rapid heart rate, clumsiness and fatigue quickly set in, followed by nausea, vomiting, collapse, convulsions, coma — and death.
This isn’t the first time we have actually seen something like this, but in other cases we didn’t have a death to report on top of it.
In a popular video on David Dobrik’s channel, the YouTuber and his friends pour a record setting 1,400 pounds of dry ice into his backyard pool. The video from 2016 shows the group using brooms to get the ice into the pool and even one of the friends jumping in as well.
Prior to this incident, Didenko — who is apparently known for posting money-saving pharmaceutical tips on Instagram — shared an image from her party with her 1.5 million followers, showing herself posing with two large balloons reading “29.”
Later that same day, Didenko reportedly shared a video informing fans that her husband was in an intensive care unit. She looked “shaken and distressed. It is believed the cause of all three deaths was suffocation. In 2018, we even saw a wife and mother of a Washington State ice-cream salesman suffocated in their car. Investigators found four coolers of dry ice in the vehicle that resulted in suffocation.