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Lava Fills Swimming Pool in Spain, Incredible Video Footage

A volcanic eruption caused a lava flow to completely annihilate this inground pool

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Lava Destroys Swimming Pool in Spain

On the Spanish island of La Palma, rivers of 1,800°F lava are demolishing houses and forcing residents to evacuate their homes.

Thousands of tiny earthquakes sparked the Canary Islands’ first volcanic eruption on land in 50 years.

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An unexpected eruption sent thousand fleeing the local area.

On Sunday, it triggered the Cumbre Viejo volcano to spew lava hundreds of meters into the air.

The so-called seismic swarm had warned officials that an eruption was imminent, and over 5,000 people had been evacuated ahead of the crack opening.

The magma has spilled down hillsides in a 20-foot high wall, boiling swimming pools and burning and destroying everything in its path.

Lava flow caused residents to evacuate their homes and flee the area. – Photo Credit: AP

The phenomena has drawn tourists, prompting the island’s president, Mariano Hernandez, to appeal to them to stay away.

He said: ‘We are having serious problems with the evacuation because the roads are jammed with people who are trying to get close enough to see it.’

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Onlookers watche as the flow of lava decimates everything in its path. – Photo Credit AP

It was predicted to reach the Atlantic Ocean today, where it might create explosions and earthquakes.

A Reuters reporter saw molten rock slowly tearing its way through a house in Los Campitos, burning the interior and spreading flames through the windows and onto the roof.

Local officials are concerned that if the lava reaches the sea, it may generate a chemical reaction that could result in the emission of poisonous gases.

Authorities Tell Locals Not To Panic

According to regional emergency director Jorge Parra, people should not fear for their safety provided they follow authorities’ suggestions.

Six routes on the island have been closed, according to officials.

According to the European Union’s Copernicus Earth Observation Programme, lava had covered over 260 acres of terrain and destroyed 166 dwellings and other structures by this morning.

Scientists monitoring the flow, which might last for weeks or months, detected it at over 1,800°F.

Watch as a flow of lava completely fills this swimming pool

There have been no fatalities or injuries reported, but watch this incredible footage of an unstoppable wall of lava overtaking this swimming pool.

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Pool News coverage brought to you by Pool Magazine's own Marcus Packer. Marcus Packer is a 20 year pool industry veteran pool builder and pool service technician. In addition to being a swimming pool professional, Marcus has been a writer and long time contributor for Newsweek Magazine's home improvement section and more recently for Florida Travel + Life. Have a story idea or tip you'd like to share with Pool Magazine? Email mpacker@poolmagazine.com your story idea.

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Sinkhole in Swimming Pool Kills Man, Swallows Guests

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Sinkhole in Swimming Pool Kills Man, Swallows Guests

A man was found dead after being swallowed by a sinkhole that opened up in a private swimming pool. The incident transpired in Israel where authorities are still trying to figure out what caused two men to be swept away by the receding water after a sinkhole sprang up within an inground swimming pool at a private property in central Israel. One was recovered dead at the scene on Thursday afternoon.

The body was located by search crews in the town of Karmei Yosef after a four-hour recovery operation conducted by rescue personnel who were lowered deep underground. The search was hampered by concerns that tunnels extending from the sinkhole could lead to a second collapse.

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It took rescuers several hours of searching before they were able to uncover the body of the man who had gone missing. The other 34-year-old man who had been trapped for some time, was saved and treated for minor injuries to his lower body.

Rescuers worked for hours to find the missing victims body. - Photo Credits: Fire and Rescue Services
Rescuers worked for hours to find the missing victims body. – Photo Credits: Fire and Rescue Services

Employees of a private company were having a pool party when the incident occurred. About 50 people were present at the time of the accident, according to one guest.

“The water level suddenly started receding and a hole opened up, creating a vortex that swept two people inside,” the guest told news sources.

She said a sinkhole opened a vortex formed which swallowed up the victim in a matter of seconds. She yelled at her coworkers to get out of the pool as the sinkhole emerged, but they initially assumed it was a game. Authorities say, fortunately, there were only 6 people in the pool at the time or injuries and casualties could have been far greater.

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“Seconds later, the ground just dropped… I watched two people just disappear,” she added.

According to police, an investigtion into the incident is currently underway, and they plan to find out if the pool was operating with the proper license.

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Coach Saves Swimmer Who Fainted At World Championships

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Coach Andrea Fuentes Saves Swimmer Anita Alvarez Who Fainted While Competing at World Championships in Budapest

‘Hero coach saves swimmer’ was the headline splashed all over the news today. After losing consciousness during the FINA World Aquatic Championships in Budapest, Hungary, American swimmer Anita Alvarez was rescued from drowning at the bottom of the pool by coach Andrea Fuentes.

On Wednesday, Fuentes dived into the water after seeing the 25-year-old artistic swimmer plummet to the bottom of the women’s solo free event.

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Coach Indicated Life Guards Slow To React

Andrea Fuentes, coach to two-time Olympian Anita Alvarez, told Spanish newspaper Marca that she dived in to haul the 25-year-old to the surface because no one else lifted a finger to do so.

“I jumped into the water because I saw that no one, no lifeguard, was diving in,” she said.

The dramatic rescue unfolded when Ms Alvarez was participating in the World Aquatics Championships in Budapest on Wednesday night.

This wasn’t the first time that Fuentes has come to Alvarez’s rescue. During an Olympic qualification event last year, a similar incident occurred where Fuentes leaped into action to her and swim partner, Lindi Schroeder to safety.

Who is Andrea Fuentes?

Fuentes is a four-time Olympic medalist in synchronized swimming and the most decorated swimmer on the Spanish National Team. The world champion rescued Alvarez from the bottom of the pool and swam her to the surface before swimming her to safety at the edge of the pool.

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“I got a little scared because she wasn’t breathing, but now she’s fine,” Fuentes told news sources.

Swimmers often hold their breath for long periods of time as a way to develop their lung capacity but never defy medical advice, according to their instructor, who explained that the occurrence was not out of the ordinary in the sport of swimming.

Fuentes became concerned when she observed Alvarez’s feet appeared paler than usual toward the end of her routine on Wednesday. While Alvarez was descending instead of ascending to take a breath, she dove in.

Coach saves swimmer after fainting in pool
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Swim Coach Saves Swimmer, Quick To Respond To Distress

Fuentes remarked, “I was already paying attention, and then I saw her sliding down. In the end, “I didn’t even ask myself if I should go or not, I just thought that I was not going to wait.”
“I know Anita very well and I know the sport very well.” Fuentes replied when asked if she thought lifeguards were too slow to respond to the incident.

Coach Saves Swimmer – Says ‘I Did My Job’

Fuentes concluded by saying, “They did their job, I did mine,” The sport’s governing body, the International Swimming Federation (FINA), did not react to calls for comment on reaction speed of the rescue.

After what it called a “medical emergency.” FINA said in a statement on Thursday that it has been in contact with Alvarez, her teammates, and her medical personnel. In the words of the release, “Ms. Alvarez was immediately treated by a medical team in the venue and is in good health,”

Oli Scarff, the underwater photographer who used a remote robotic camera to capture the breathtaking images of the rescue, told reporters that he heard noise as he was looking at his computer toward the end of Alvarez’s routine. He observed the swimmer at the bottom of the pool on the screen of the robotic camera.

Hero swim coach Andrea Fuentes saves unconsious swimmer Anita Alvarez after she fainted in swim competition in Budapest
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According to the photographer, it was “It was kind of a shocking thing to see because as soon as I looked back down at the robotic camera I had this kind of clear view of the scene while everyone in the arena was watching it through the surface of the water,” as he put it.

At first Scarff was capturing “beautiful” images of a “amazing” athlete in action, only to find himself “in a heartbeat” photographing “a near-death situation.” “Actually, I was rather rattled up by the whole thing.

Swimmer Says She’s Ready To Compete on Friday

“The doctors checked all vitals and everything is normal: heart rate, oxygen, sugar levels, blood pressure, etc. All is fine,” Fuentes stated. Other high-endurance sports, such as running and cycling, also experience this.” Whether it’s a marathon, a bike race, or a cross-country race, we’ve all seen photographs of racers who didn’t make it to the finish line being helped by others. Swimming is just like any other activity in that we push ourselves to our limits and sometimes find them.”

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Canal-Style Pool in China Goes Viral

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Baodun Lake Hushan Hot Spring Resort - A Series of Villas with a Connected Canal Style Pool have gone viral on social media.

As an avid observer of interesting pools and spas, we’re keen to point out interesting projects that are going viral. One huge canal-style pool that is actually a shared pool experience connecting a series of villas at a resort in China, has captured the imagination of viewers on social media and is being shared all over the internet.

Travel the globe and you’re bound to see some incredible sights. This is especially true when traveling to China. A visit to Yingde, a historical city in the Guangdong Province of China will bring you to a picturesque locale better well known for its world-famous black tea than its resorts. Located approximately 10 miles from Yingde Railway Station sits an incredible sight to behold and one of the more interesting footnotes on any traveler’s log.

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Yingde China - Guandong Province of China

Baodun Lake also known as “the water city of Venice in Guangdong”, is where you’ll find the Baodun Lake Hushan Hot Spring Resort. One of the more remarkable features is the gigantic canal-style pool which encircles the entire property of this charming family resort.

Baodun Lake Hushan Hot Spring Resort - Canal Style Pool
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The swimming lane which stretches from the backyard of each building in the resort is 4.2 meters wide (13.7 feet), 1.2 meters deep (3.9 feet) and 1.3 kilometers long (0.8 miles).

Aerial drone footage of Baodun Lake Hushan Hot Spring Resort.
Photo Credit: YouTube

There has been plenty of footage taken of both the resort and the pool, however one of the more popular videos that we’ve seen lately is the aerial drone footage that is being shared on YouTube.

While resorts with these types of pools are becoming incredibly popular in places like Southeast Asia, they still have yet to really catch on in the west. Perhaps because of the fact that our ideal of the over-water bungalow experience is more in line with places like Fiji.

Have you visited any resorts like this? What was the experience like? How much do you think a pool like this costs to maintain? Tell us in the comments below.

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