It is Known as the “Pool of Death”

Of course, being nicknamed the “Pool of Death” doesn’t stop people from taking a dip:

LIHUE, Hawaii (Associated Press) — Travel guidebooks call Kipu Falls “a glorious little hidden place” and a “swimming hole extraordinaire.” But the alluring beauty of the waterfall and natural pool conceals a deadly side.

Five visitors have drowned at Kipu Falls in the past five years, including two since December. In most of the cases, the swimmers jumped off the top of the waterfall into the pool of blue-green water about 20 feet below, then were pulled to their deaths while attempting to swim to the shore. Others have suffered chest injuries, rope burns, perforated eardrums and broken and sprained ankles. A teenage girl was paralyzed after jumping there.


  1. There’s a really deadly phenomenon that occurs mostly in freshwater turbulent pools in mountain rivers. The water is so aerated that it actually becomes less dense than a swimmer’s body and people sink like stones. The irony of course is that there’s actually enough air in the water to breathe, but the way it’s dispersed in almost microscopic bubbles means that lungs can’t process it and you drown. I wonder if any of that effect is happening here in (admittedly denser and thus safer) saltwater. Of course, “Pool of Death” really ought to be warning enough.

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