Three die in dry-ice incident at Moscow pool party.

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Three die in dry-ice incident at Moscow pool party.

Postby toucana on February 29th, 2020, 10:11 am 

Three people have died after dry ice was poured into a swimming pool at a party in Moscow on Friday.

The victims were connected to Instagram influencer Yekaterina Didenko, who was celebrating her 29th birthday at the pool complex in the city's south.

Dry ice had been dumped in the pool after guests exiting the sauna complained it was too warm. Ms Didenko's husband is reportedly among the dead. All the victims are said to be aged about 30.

A member of the emergency services told Ria news agency that the partygoers had ordered 25kg of dry ice to cool down the pool at the Devyaty Val (Ninth Wave) complex.

Several guests who had been in the sauna dived into the water to cool off.

Immediately the swimmers started to choke and several lost consciousness.

Preliminary analysis indicates the cause of death was suffocation.

Dry ice is a solid form of carbon dioxide and if it is released in an area without proper ventilation, it can cause people to inhale dangerous amounts of the gas. The expansion factor for dry-ice is 845, and 10Kg of dry-ice will sublime directly into 5.4 m^3 of Carbon Dioxide gas which is heavier than air and would have pooled just above the surface of the water. A concentration of 30% CO2 will cause a rapid loss of consciousness within seconds.

Ms Didenko is known for posting tips about how to save money on pharmaceutical products on her Instagram page. She has a million followers.
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