Yellowstone National Park is one of America’s most spectacular treasures. And the park’s hot springs draw huge crowds every year. Despite all the warning signs, tourists still wander too close to these scalding attractions. Their latest victim was 23-year-old Colin Nathaniel Scott from Portland, Oregon who died in horrific circumstances after falling into a dangerously hot and highly acidic thermal spring in Yellowstone National Park.
Scott was visiting the park in north-west Wyoming on Tuesday (7 June). He was walking in the park with his sister , Sable Scott. Together, the two managed to wander 225 yards off the designated path, at which point they slipping and falling into a small hot spring about 200m away, close to Porkchop geyser.
“Recovery efforts have been terminated in part because we have not been able to locate any remains, unfortunately,” Morgan Warthin, a spokeswoman for the park, told EastIdahoNews.com.
His body has not yet been recovered. Authorities were proceeding with caution because of the heat around the springs. The hot spring where Scott fell is the site of the highest temperature ever recorded in a geothermal area of the park, once reaching 459 degrees Fahrenheit in a drill hole 1,087 feet below the surface, according to the park’s website.
“This tragic event must remind all of us to follow the regulations and stay on boardwalks when visiting Yellowstone’s geyser basins,” said Yellowstone Superintendent Dan Wenk. “We extend our sympathy to the Scott family,” added Dan Wenk.
The body of the man who fell into a hot spring in Yellowstone National Park on Tuesday will not be recovered. This tourist is far from the only person to have fallen victim to Yellowstone’s hot springs. If you’re planning on visiting Yellowstone this summer, please be careful Around Hot Springs and heed the park rangers warnings!