Dry ice poured into pool at “influencer” party kills three

Mar 5, 2020

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Dry ice poured into pool at “influencer” party kills three

Mar 5, 2020

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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Russian influencer Ekaterina Didenko recently threw a party that went incredibly wrong. During the party, her husband reportedly poured 55 lb of dry ice into a swimming pool for “visual effects.” This caused him and two other guests to die from carbon dioxide poisoning, and what started as celebration ended in a terrible disaster.

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Ekaterina was celebrating her 29th birthday at a sauna complex. You can see in the video above that dry ice was poured into a swimming pool, producing the recognizable thick vapor. The guests were laughing, cheering, and filming with their phones, but the excitement didn’t last. They soon started fainting due to the excessive amount of carbon dioxide. According to multiple sources, Ekaterina’s husband Valentin (Valya) Didenko (32), and friends Natalia Monakova (25) and Yuri Alferov (25) were confirmed dead at the scene. Seven more people reportedly were reportedly hospitalized to carbon dioxide poisoning.

The night of the tragedy, Ekaterina posted a video to her one million Instagram followers. At the time, she didn’t know who had died yet, and said that Valentin was in the intensive care. The mother of two published another video the following morning, saying that her husband had died and that her daughter kept asking her “Where is daddy?” According to Daily Mail, The Russian Investigative Committee confirmed that they opened a criminal case into causing death by negligence.

Dry ice creates thick, milky vapor when it meets water, and it’s indeed a neat “visual effect.” It’s used in photography and video, but it should be used with extra precautions. The problem is that, in poorly ventilated areas, the dry ice vapor can cause high carbon dioxide levels in blood. This is sadly what happened at Ekaterina’s party, turning celebration into an unthinkable tragedy.

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23 responses to “Dry ice poured into pool at “influencer” party kills three”

  1. Laurent Roy Avatar
    Laurent Roy

    What does this have to do with Photography ?

    1. Bhavin Shah Avatar
      Bhavin Shah

      Laurent Roy because photographers use Dry ice for effects and if you don’t know how to handle that substance this could be your fate too.

  2. Bhavin Shah Avatar
    Bhavin Shah

    Sooner or later this was going to happen in the age of scientific illiteracy… plus who keeps posting videos after, though negligently, but still 3 people died, her husband and friends ? #Humanity

  3. Franco Kailsan Avatar
    Franco Kailsan

    And she had time to Instagram her grief after…..
    FyI: if u plan to take photos with dramatic dry ice mist, it needs to be done in a well ventilated place. Dry ice produces a lot of carbon dioxide which displaces oxygen in the closed room causing people to faint. If the fainted person falls into the dry ice, the skin is hypothermia-ed until its black and burnt like.

  4. Kryn Sporry Avatar
    Kryn Sporry

    Darwin

  5. Adrian Gordon Avatar
    Adrian Gordon

    Darwin approves this party

  6. Jeff Hayward Avatar
    Jeff Hayward

    The after photo is even more disturbing to me.

  7. Clarence Hemeon Avatar
    Clarence Hemeon

    Stupid is as stupid does. Not a problem as this is how natural selection works.

  8. Alan Laighleis Avatar
    Alan Laighleis

    So her husband dies and she takes to instagram to tell the world? Pretty sure the average person would be tied up in grief and their feed would be the last thing on their mind

  9. Baur Utebayev Avatar
    Baur Utebayev

    She is blogger and influencer on healthy life and has farmacological education. But still it didn’t stop her to use dry ice. Her husband even read the sticker about product before dumping ice into water. Moreover couple of days later she was guest in talk show (some kind of Jerry Springer on Russian TV). She was heavily condemned by russian Internet

  10. Catalin Danciu Avatar
    Catalin Danciu

    Play Stupid Games, Win Stupid Prizes.

  11. DeBart Ros Avatar
    DeBart Ros

    Sad. But thats how natural selection goes. Terrible bystanders died.

  12. Glenn Giese Avatar
    Glenn Giese

    Gotta thin the herd somehow.??‍♂️

  13. Keiran Blackwell Avatar
    Keiran Blackwell

    There is stupidity here but there’s tragedy here too and we need to remember that.

    “…her daughter kept asking her “Where is daddy?…”

  14. Jimmy Joe Avatar
    Jimmy Joe

    Consider me influenced.

    1. Scott Valentine Avatar
      Scott Valentine

      Seriously. Some people’s lives are an example, others are a warning label.

  15. Collin McLaren Avatar
    Collin McLaren

    Ooooh those Russians
    (granted, social media dumbfucks are everywhere. This is just one ethnic strain)

  16. Adrian Buswell Avatar
    Adrian Buswell

    Darwin strikes again…..

  17. Dennis Ocasio Avatar
    Dennis Ocasio

    Natural selection is one of the basic mechanisms of evolution, along with mutation, migration, and genetic drift…

  18. Wilson W Wilson Avatar
    Wilson W Wilson

    Pork hunt.

  19. Volker Bartheld Avatar
    Volker Bartheld

    The takeaway message (other than stupidity, ignorance and the hunt for likes can kill you) is:

    – Dry ice has a specific weight of around 1.56 g·cm^−3. So 25 kg of it surprisingly consumes only about 15 litres as you can also see from the styrofoam box shown in the vid.

    – CO2 has a molar mass of 14+16*2=46 g/mol, in 25 kg of it are around 550 mol. That will become important later.

    – The molar volume at nominal conditions is 22,4 litres/mol. So if those 25 kg dry ice have fully sublimated, you’ll end up with 22,4 L/mol * 550 mol=12 m^3 of CO2 gas.

    – CO2 concentrations exceeding 10% are immediately life threatening.

    – (Re)Do the math if you want to use 25 kg of dry ice in a room that has a volume of – say – 5m * 4m * 2m=40m^3.

    – Liquid nitrogen – if you can get hold of it – is not as problematic (does not gather on the ground, has a lower density of 0.8 g·cm^−3 and the molar mass is only 14 g/mol so it doesn’t expand so much) but quite similar. At least it does not give you fear of death, convulsions, nausea/vomiting and agonizing suffocation sensations before it kills you.

    So, while it might be tempting to use dry ice (or liN2) “for visual effects” – especially indoors, consider buying a fog machine for a couple bucks and probably cool down the fog using regular ice cubes so it floats on the floor.

  20. Robert Alexander Lamey Avatar
    Robert Alexander Lamey

    Not very smart. Hard breathing with that crap in the air. Makes you pass out. Area of use needs to be well ventilated. Scary!