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?

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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
Doris Dallaire
Great information about this river.
Dec 2, 2022 7:18PM
Cindy Ursan
What a beautiful river! Thanks for sharing!
Nov 19, 2022 12:18AM
Wayne Roberts
Well I’ve been scuba diving there and I’m still alive (obviously!) All water can be dangerous to human life, you must however respect the potential dangers.
Oct 14, 2022 8:14PM
Ann Barber
It such a beautiful place near Fountains Abbey in Yorkshire. I’ve been there many times, but there is an air of danger! Very strange and dangerous!
Jul 7, 2022 4:26PM
Pat Waite
Glad to read about this dangerous river, never heard about it !! Thanks !!
Jun 11, 2022 12:05AM
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

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