This innocent-looking river turned out to be the most dangerous stretch of water on Earth

Thing are not always what they seem to be. This narrow river in Yorkshire, UK, appears to be just a lovely and innocent place to have a pleasant riverside walk, but the power hidden in its stream makes it the deadliest stretch of water on the planet with a 100% fatality rate... Can you believe this?

  • Fast currents of the river combined with sharp underwater rocks create a real death trap hidden beneath the calm surface
  • The turbulence created by the currents will render anyone unconscious just in a few seconds
  • The bodies of the people drowned in the Strid were found only several hours after the accidents, as they were dragged by the powerful waters
  • The Strid has left a lot of people dead, but the numbers are not what makes it the deadliest stretch of water on the planet. It looks totally innocent and nonthreatening, tourists and wanderers are totally unaware of its killing power - that's why it is the most dangerous.

In this comprehensive video a British fact seeker, Tom Scott, tells us more about the place, its history and the reasons for calling the Strid the most dangerous stretch of water in the world. Just take a look and see how innocent the river really looks:

Have you ever heard about such places before? Does the river in the video seem dangerous to you? Do you think the Strid can really be considered the deadliest stretch of water?

We are waiting for your comments!

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What are your thoughts on this subject?
Pat Davis
I used to be an avid river,, the Tuolumne out of Yosemite in CA..but I am not planning on trying THIS one!
Jan 23, 2018 4:30PM
There are several places in the U.S. where rivers like the Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio all look harmless but they are just as deadly.
Jun 23, 2020 4:31PM
I live not far away and, have to admit, I did once jump it. But, in a very nice and dry summer! And, when I was much younger than today!
Oct 13, 2019 2:22PM
bobcpurdy, Probably. But, if you hooked a big trout it would most likely pull you in with the strength of the current!
Oct 13, 2019 2:20PM
Veronika Gleeson
Wow that’s so amazing
Oct 2, 2019 4:46PM
Steve Bartlett, Proofreading is rare these days when few can spell, anyway. The lack of it is also one of MY pet peeves! 😉
Aug 7, 2019 7:20PM
James Klingenberg
Thanks for the info.
Jul 17, 2019 10:29PM
Great advice for the unwary.
Jun 19, 2019 5:03PM
Wow! Hard to believe such a narrow stretch of water, that looks relatively innocent, can be so deadly.
Jun 2, 2019 7:12AM
Lynne Zeman
Great info
May 16, 2019 11:23PM
Narrow waters fun fast. Some of these shots don't look like there's anyplace to walk nor able to tell how deep the water is. Other spots look like there's stepping stones.
May 2, 2019 5:48PM
Wow! Can you fish there?
Apr 11, 2019 9:24AM
Caroline Weis
It would be the same on lots of rivers. When the river narrows down in places there is more force and more depth of water inthe narrow area to get through causing more force and undertow.
Feb 20, 2019 2:31PM
Veronica Cameron
I know this place - in summer a benign beauty spot further upstream and downstream, but nevertheless quite sinister where the river narrows. Lots of people picnic on its banks in summer but I would never go near the water.
Dec 7, 2018 5:04PM
Linda Evers
I know the Strid well as it is quite close to where I live. I believe that several people have drowned trying to jump from one side to the other as it is very deceptive and looks narrower at that point than it actually is. The water tumbling through the narrow gorge is very spectacular, particularly after a period of wet weather which increases the volume of water in the river
Nov 27, 2018 5:27PM
Linda Avellino
Very interesting.
Oct 9, 2018 5:07PM

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