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Instagram users complain of violent sickness and rashes after visiting Spanish ‘Toxic Maldives’ lake

Instagram users are complaining of severe vomiting and rashes after taking a dip at a turquoise lake in Spain.

Social media users have flocked to the Monte Neme in Galicia, Spain, attracted by its crystal clear waters.

However, the body of water is actually a chemically-contaminated, World War-era former mine and Instagram users are now complaining of being left sick after swimming in it. 

The lake is being compared to the Siberian Seychelles and has been dubbed the ‘Toxic Maldives’. 

A turquoise lake in Spain popular among Instagrammers is being compared to the Siberian Seychelles, as the body of water revealed as a chemically-contaminated, World War-era former mine 

Monte Neme, in the region of Bergantiños, appears to have crystal clear waters and has attracted Instagram users keen to pose in front of the seemingly idyllic scene

Monte Neme, in the region of Bergantiños, appears to have crystal clear waters and has attracted Instagram users keen to pose in front of the seemingly idyllic scene

The site was used as a tungsten mine that supplied the material for making light bulbs and hardening steel during the First and Second World War

The site was used as a tungsten mine that supplied the material for making light bulbs and hardening steel during the First and Second World War

It was used as a tungsten mine that supplied the material for making light bulbs and hardening steel during the First and Second World War.

visitor recently complained about getting a rash and vomiting after taking a dip in the lake. 

Manuel Ferreiro, a doctor in Galicia, said prolonged exposure to the water could lead to vomiting and diarrhoea. 

Pictured: Instagrammers pose at Monte Neme toxic lake, dubbed by many as the 'Galician Chernobyl'

Pictured: Instagrammers pose at Monte Neme toxic lake, dubbed by many as the ‘Galician Chernobyl’

Pictured: Man poses at Monte Neme toxic lake, dubbed by many as the 'Galician Chernobyl'

Pictured: Man poses at Monte Neme toxic lake, dubbed by many as the ‘Galician Chernobyl’

The body of water remains toxic and is surrounded by mounds of heavy metals like tungsten and lead that leak into the water, posing serious health risks to anyone who enters

The body of water remains toxic and is surrounded by mounds of heavy metals like tungsten and lead that leak into the water, posing serious health risks to anyone who enters

Monte Neme, in the region of Bergantiños, appears to have crystal clear waters and has attracted Instagram lovers keen to pose in front of the seemingly idyllic scene, with some even bathing in the chemically-contaminated waters.  

The body of water remains toxic and is surrounded by mounds of heavy metals like tungsten and lead that leak into the water, and can be dangerous to anyone who enters. 

Those who have gone for a short bathe at Monte Neme have complained of eye and skin irritation. 

A local Instagrammer told Spanish newspaper Publico she decided to bathe in the bright, turquoise waters because it looked ‘very pretty’ and she saw no signs saying swimming was banned. 

Those who have gone for a short bathe at Monte Neme have complained of eye and skin irritation

Those who have gone for a short bathe at Monte Neme have complained of eye and skin irritation

A local Instagrammer told Spanish newspaper Publico she decided to bathe in the bright, turquoise waters because it looked 'very pretty' and she saw no signs saying swimming was banned

A local Instagrammer told Spanish newspaper Publico she decided to bathe in the bright, turquoise waters because it looked ‘very pretty’ and she saw no signs saying swimming was banned

Authorities warn prolonged or repeated exposure can pose more serious health risks

Authorities warn prolonged or repeated exposure can pose more serious health risks

Pictured: Woman poses at Monte Neme toxic lake, dubbed by many as the 'Galician Chernobyl'

Pictured: Woman poses at Monte Neme toxic lake, dubbed by many as the ‘Galician Chernobyl’

Pictured: Man poses at Monte Neme toxic lake, dubbed by many as the 'Galician Chernobyl'

Pictured: Man poses at Monte Neme toxic lake, dubbed by many as the ‘Galician Chernobyl’

She soon began vomiting and developed a nasty skin rash, which persisted for about two weeks. 

Authorities warn prolonged or repeated exposure can pose more serious health risks. 

Monte Neme has drawn comparisons to a Russian beauty spot known as the Siberian Seychelles or Russian Maldives, a toxic dumping ground drawing in Instagram influencers with its stunning waters and dazzling white sand.

Pictured: Couple pose at Monte Neme toxic lake, dubbed by many as the 'Galician Chernobyl'

Pictured: Couple pose at Monte Neme toxic lake, dubbed by many as the ‘Galician Chernobyl’

Pictured: Couple pose at Monte Neme toxic lake, dubbed by many as the 'Galician Chernobyl'

Pictured: Couple pose at Monte Neme toxic lake, dubbed by many as the ‘Galician Chernobyl’

Pictured: Woman poses at Monte Neme toxic lake, dubbed by many as the 'Galician Chernobyl'

Pictured: Woman poses at Monte Neme toxic lake, dubbed by many as the ‘Galician Chernobyl’

Pictured: Woman poses at Monte Neme toxic lake, dubbed by many as the 'Galician Chernobyl'

Pictured: Woman poses at Monte Neme toxic lake, dubbed by many as the ‘Galician Chernobyl’

The tropical-looking landscape is located near the Russian city of Novosibirsk, where winter temperatures plunge to minus 40C. 

The vision is entirely created by a nearby brown coal-boring power plant generating electricity. 

The bright blue water has a high PH and contains dissolved metal oxides.  

Its name is translated as Lake Ash Dump – and it receives the waste from the nearby power station named TPP-5 and owned by the Siberian Generating Company. 

The electric blue waters of the man-made lake are formed by a chemical reaction from the waste of the power plant.

The company warned: ‘We beg you not to fall into the ash dump in the pursuit of selfies. That is the biggest danger.’

Monte Neme has drawn comparisons to a Russian beauty spot known as the Siberian Seychelles or Russian Maldives (pictured)

Monte Neme has drawn comparisons to a Russian beauty spot known as the Siberian Seychelles or Russian Maldives (pictured)

The toxic dumping ground draws in Instagram influencers with its stunning waters and dazzling white sand (Pictured: Woman poses for photo at Siberian Seychelles)

The toxic dumping ground draws in Instagram influencers with its stunning waters and dazzling white sand (Pictured: Woman poses for photo at Siberian Seychelles) 

The vision is entirely created by a nearby brown coal-boring power plant generating electricity (Pictured: Woman poses for photo at Siberian Seychelles)

The vision is entirely created by a nearby brown coal-boring power plant generating electricity (Pictured: Woman poses for photo at Siberian Seychelles)

The bright blue water has a high PH and contains dissolved metal oxides (Pictured: Woman poses for photo at Siberian Seychelles)

The bright blue water has a high PH and contains dissolved metal oxides (Pictured: Woman poses for photo at Siberian Seychelles)

Pictured: Woman poses for photo at toxic lake known as Siberian Seychelles

Pictured: Woman poses for photo at toxic lake known as Siberian Seychelles

Pictured: Woman poses for photo in a red swimsuit with lake in the background

Pictured: Woman poses for photo in a red swimsuit with lake in the background 

Pictured: Woman poses with inflatable pink flamingo in front of lake at Russian 'beauty spot' known as the Siberian Seychelles

Pictured: Woman poses with inflatable pink flamingo in front of lake at Russian ‘beauty spot’ known as the Siberian Seychelles 

Swimming is probated and visitors flocking to the tropical-looking site are warned by the company that strolling along the beach here ‘is like walking at a military training ground – dangerous and undesirable’.

They are told: ‘This is not a city beach – there are no lifeguards on the shore and there cannot be…

‘The water in the ash dump is not for drinking, but technical, that is, it contains dissolved salts of calcium and other metal oxides, as well as high pH.

‘This water is used only to transport ash.

‘Skin contact with such water may cause local allergic reactions due to high mineralisation.’

There are denials that it poses a threat to life but the authorities are seeking to keep the flood of visitors away from the lake.

Ecological campaigner Ulyana Artamonova was filmed as if she was on a tropical beach but she said: ‘After visiting, my face was covered with a small rash.’

She suffered from ‘a dry throat and nose’.

Pictured: Woman poses in front of toxic Russian lake, dubbed the 'Russian Maldives'

Pictured: Woman poses in front of toxic Russian lake, dubbed the ‘Russian Maldives’ 

Pictured: Woman poses in front of toxic Russian lake, dubbed the 'Russian Maldives'

Pictured: Woman poses in front of toxic Russian lake, dubbed the ‘Russian Maldives’ 

Pictured: Woman poses in front of toxic Russian lake, dubbed the 'Russian Maldives'

Pictured: Woman poses in front of toxic Russian lake, dubbed the ‘Russian Maldives’ 

 Visitors say that the soles of their sandals flake off after walking along the water line, reported the Siberian Times.  

Photographer Mikhail Reshetnikov said: ‘When you drive up to this lake, there is a very strong smell of laundry detergent, of alkali…

‘Naturally, there is no desire to touch such water.

‘You just feel that this is not a safe place.’

Another local said: ‘It’s not Chernobyl, for sure, but still unsafe.’

Pictured: Man sits on inflatable unicorn in toxic lake dubbed the 'Russian Maldives'

Pictured: Man sits on inflatable unicorn in toxic lake dubbed the ‘Russian Maldives’ 

Pictured: Woman poses with dog in front of toxic Russian lake, dubbed the 'Russian Maldives'

Pictured: Woman poses with dog in front of toxic Russian lake, dubbed the ‘Russian Maldives’ 

Pictured: Woman poses on toxic Russian lake, dubbed the 'Russian Maldives'

Pictured: Woman poses on toxic Russian lake, dubbed the ‘Russian Maldives’ 

Pictured: A woman in a red dress posing in front of a toxic lake dubbed the 'Russian Maldives'

Pictured: A woman in a red dress posing in front of a toxic lake dubbed the ‘Russian Maldives’ 

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