Three Die at Party for Instagram Influencer After Dry Ice Is Poured Into Pool for 'Visual Effects'

Three people have died and seven more were injured due to being poisoned at the birthday party of an Instagram influencer. It is believed to be from dry ice thrown into the pool, which caused the poisoning after having been used to create visual effects.

Russian influencer Ekaterina Didenko was hosting the party when disaster struck, with the dry ice mixing with the pool water. The victims include friends Natalia Monakova and Yuri Alferov, both 25, as well as Didenko’s husband, Valentin (Valya) Didenko, 32. The influencer took to Instagram, posting to her one million followers in order to confirm their deaths, which were caused by carbon dioxide poisoning. Other injured guests had chemical burns.

Initially, Didenko was posting from hospital, reporting that her husband was in intensive care, seemingly unaware he had passed away. A mother of two, she says her daughter has been asking for her father. It is believed her husband was the one who poured the dry ice into the pool with the intention of creating a visual effect.

Dry ice (frozen carbon dioxide) creates heavy vapor when it meets water, but particularly in poorly ventilated areas, such vapor can cause high carbon dioxide levels in blood.

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Why is this garbage on this site? What's the photography angle? BTS?

I know I'm part of the problem by commenting, but for FUCK sake, why did this site flood the good content with absolute usless garbage?

EDIT: don't try and pretend this is a PSA. this is a shock factor piece that deserve no recognition. A PSA adds information and value. A note at what is a chemical chart (required to be with any chemicals sold...), how to read it, example of common chemicals found on set, etc... THAT would have been a PSA.

This is just a lazy copy-pasting job of a shock article.

Maybe so other DA's wouldn't do stupid stuff like this? Influencer's accidentally killing themselves while photographing themselves is a timely topic.

Alex Herbert's picture

I've not used dry ice before, but might in the future, I guess it's handy to know that breathing it in will slowly suffocate you.

Get a fog machine and read the instructions. It's much safer.

To get low laying fog you still use dry ice.

Keith Mullin's picture

but for that you can just run your fog from a fog machine through a cooler with dry ice in it, cooling the fog, but not creating potentially harmful gas.

Just me's picture

Knowledge is not part of IG users.

Would you use a chemical without reading the damn chart?

Consider it a PSA (cautionary tale) for those who in seeking to make cool fog effects do not consider the chemical composition of what they make. How many photographers have no clue that dry ice makes carbon dioxide and that proper ventilation is essential? Out of curiosity, exactly how many dead people does it take before something makes the transition from "useless garbage" to helpful and potentially life-saving information?

Kang Lee's picture

I didn't know dry age could be so dangerous. Now I do.

The article isn't written as a PSA. It creates no added value other than shock factor.

A better form of this PSA could have been a list of common chemical used on set and look at the warnings with examples (like this one) to emphasize the danger.

Why r u so mad. Alot of people here probably use dry ice and work with influencers anywat

Teresa Oldenbourg's picture

Its to show the dangers of being an "influencers". I think its relevant because alot of people here seem to be seeking Instagram fame through this site. So its almost like a little...dont be so thirsty and careless that you do something like this for attention.

Logan Sorenson's picture

Because someone will eventually try a photoshoot in a low vent space with dry ice?

I'd put this in the same category as warning about taking photos on railway tracks, or using pyro in inappropriate locations. This is what can happen if you aren't careful while trying to get an effect.

Ryan Davis's picture

I knew dry ice was potentially dangerous, because I know it's basically CO2. But I didn't know it was this dangerous, and when I use it in the future (and I've been thinking about it) I'll be extra sure to read up on all the safety precautions. So I think this is completely legit for fstoppers to publish. It has certainly been useful for me.

nikita orlov's picture

they more interested in gay rights and instagram influencers than in actual photography. they don't taking interviews with photographers, don't make articles, researches, investigations... it's too much work to do. just post another news about gays or inluencers - BOOM! Likes! Reposts! Comments! Like a pig like dirt they like all of this stuff.

make latest 85 1.8 full-frame e-mount lenses comparison (which is big question due to many new lenses are on market)? NAH! Some gays in India? DEAL! POST!

That's fstoppers, and american photojournalsim industry generally, in a nutshell.

Don't work, just get any HYPE that will bring some MONEY. Pathetic! I feel sorry for fstoppers author's parents.

Carl Murray's picture

Heres an angle: I had thought about using dry ice to create low fog effects for photos. I would be naturally cautious and safe, because I know dry ice "burns" are pretty awful, but was not aware of the carbon poisoning. This information, even though it is tabloid garbage, will have helped me plan future shoots.

And you didn't learn what you should have learned from this headline: READ THE CHEMICAL LABELS.

Any glance at the label would tell you that dry ice is solidified CO2. that alone should ring bells...

But not a single person here saying "I learned something!1!" actually learned how to handle chemicals from this.

Carl Murray's picture

I didn't say I "learned something" but I literally said it "will have helped me" personally. Which is arguably similar enough.

With the amount of effort you put in to bitch about an actual contributor, you could've moved on and left nice, productive comments on other posts. But hey, speaking of click baity posts, you sure did a good job of getting my attention, good job.

If the effort in the comment is higher than the article, maybe it's not the comments the issue?

Fristen Lasten's picture

You read the article title before clicking, I assume. What exactly compelled you to click?

David Stephen Kalonick's picture

Are kids still saying take a chill pill? Seriously, most see this post and take it or leave it, you've added a whole new level of concern.

Benoit Pigeon's picture

Influencers are great they say. Okay!

were they imitating this:
https://youtu.be/p-EhBnZDnMg?t=168

guess quest for views can be deadly.

Michael Holst's picture

That's really sad news. What seemed like an innocent attempt to take a cool photo killed 3 people.

I can't wait until they take some great Instagram photos on the tracks.

Daniel Haußmann's picture

I was honestly not aware that dry ice could have such an effect. I usually cringe when reading people got a carbon monoxide poisoning when having a fire indoor. This should be common knowledge right now that this is bad. But for dry ice I would probably not have thought about it. I would expect that the manual said something about it. The only "positive" side of this story might be that it will limit such a thing from happening again. But at what cost ... :(

Leigh Miller's picture

There is a warning on packages for dry ice and derivatives.... at least in Canada

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