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Oregon man dies after falling into hot spring at Yellowstone National Park

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Norris Geyser Basin (Yellowstone National Park photo) Norris Geyser Basin (Yellowstone National Park photo)

Colin Nathaniel Scott of Portland, Oregon, has been identified as the man who died after falling into a hot spring in Yellowstone National Park on Tuesday.

A press release from Yellowstone National Park on Wednesday says that Scott, 23 years old, walked off the designated boardwalk, and slipped and fell into a hot spring at the Norris Geyser Basin 

Scott was with his sister when the incident happened about 225 yards off the boardwalk near Pork Chop Geyser; his sister reported the incident to park rangers.

Pork Chop Geyser is about 27 miles east of West Yellowstone.

Using extreme caution given the hazards of the thermal area, rangers confirmed Scott’s death Tuesday evening. 

Rangers will now focus their efforts on recovering the body.

The Norris Geyser Basin is open. However, visitors should anticipate temporary closures in the area until the investigation is complete.

“We extend our sympathy to the Scott family,” said YNP Superintendent Dan Wenk. “This tragic event must remind all of us to follow the regulations and stay on boardwalks when visiting Yellowstone’s geyser basins.”

This fatality is the second known thermal-related incident to occur in the park during the 2016 summer season. 

On June 6, a father and son sustained burns in the Upper Geyser Basin after walking off the designated trail in the thermal area.

(JUNE 7, 2016) A Yellowstone National Park visitor is presumed dead after a witness reported seeing the man fall into the Norris Geyser Basin on Tuesday afternoon.

According to Charissa Reid, a spokeswoman for the park, a search is underway for the man who disappeared in the hot spring.

Reid said the man is presumed dead because he has yet to be found.

“The recovery process is very difficult because of the hazards of the environment,” said Reid.

Reid said the man is in his 20s, but she would not identify the man or where he is from.

The man reportedly walked about 225 yards off the boardwalk before falling into the hot spring.

The springs are known to reach temperatures that would be deadly to humans on contact.

The YNP website states: "Norris Geyser Basin is the hottest, oldest, and most dynamic of Yellowstone's thermal areas. The highest temperature yet recorded in any geothermal area in Yellowstone was measured in a scientific drill hole at Norris: 459°F (237°C) just 1,087 feet (326 meters) below the surface There are very few thermal features at Norris under the boiling point (199°F at this elevation)."

Reid said she wanted to remind people of the danger of the springs and directed all visitors to the safety page on the YNP website, which includes this warning:

Stay on boardwalks and trails in thermal areas: hot springs have injured or killed more people in Yellowstone than any other natural feature. Keep your children close and make sure they understand the danger posed by boiling water.

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