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Influencer slammed for swimming in cove where bathing is banned due to deaths – including British tourist who drowned

An influencer has been slammed after sharing photos of herself swimming in a dangerous cove in a popular holiday spot where a British tourist, among other victims, tragically died.
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An influencer has been slammed after sharing photos of herself swimming in a dangerous cove in a popular holiday spot where a British tourist, among other victims, tragically died.

Marina Rivera Saldaña, known better as Marina Rivers online, is a content creator with 425,000 followers on Twitter.

The influencer recently uploaded snaps of herself taking a dip in the El Tancón cave in Santiago del Teide, Tenerife, Spain.

Pictured: Marina Rivers. (Credit: Jam Press)

It is prohibited to swim in the area, due to several incidents that have taken place over the years including multiple deaths.

In 2017, a 30-year-old British tourist, not named, was killed after getting swept into the sea when taking a walk near El Tancón.

In 2021, Tenerife Weekly put the number of deaths at six in total over just four years, including Swiss native Jasmine Ben Ali, 33, and Giovanni Rodríguez, 27, from Italy, who drowned.

The local mayor, Emilio Navarro, told the local paper it is “strictly prohibited” to win in El Tancón and that the government is forced to replace signs “every month because they are broken or thrown into the sea.”

Marina shared her post on 31 August, though it is unclear if the swim took place on the same day.

Angered locals and social media users have come out in droves to comment on the photos.

Her tweet has over 3.3 million views and 15,000 likes.

Pictured: Marina Rivers. (Credit: Jam Press)

“The photos are very cool but do not put your life in danger,” wrote one user.

“If that site is in Tenerife in the Los Gigantes area, I don’t recommend going there anymore. Many of my firefighter friends have rescued people drowning due to tidal changes, etc. It is a trap…,” said Suso Martin.

Another user said: “Why do you play with luck? Consider that the next time you will not have the same result.”

“The one about not entering prohibited sites, do you know it?” said someone else.

Another user shared a photo of the warning sign, saying they were “fed up”.

Pictured: Marina Rivers. (Credit: Jam Press)

“Influencers will end up going extinct,” said another person.

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