A 23-year-old man celebrating his college graduation lost his life attempting to hot pot in Yellowstone National Park. It’s illegal to soak in hot springs in the park.
Colin Scott’s sister was filming him as he was checking the temperature of the water to see if he could have a hot soak, when he fell into the park’s boiling, acidic Norris Geyser Basin. He died from the boiling, acidic water.
“In a very short order, there was a significant amount of dissolving,” Deputy Chief Ranger Lorant Veress said.
Colin’s sister Sable notified authorities but his body had dissolved before it could be recovered.
The video below details more information on what happened. My prayers are with this family.
Warning signs exist for a reason. They should be followed. Sadly, Collin isn’t the first person to die due to poor decisions at Yellowstone.
Scott was not the first person to attempt to bathe in the park’s waters to nasty effect. Yellowstone’s website lays out a series of cautionary tales, describing horrific stories of children who burn themselves and the 20 people before Scott who have died in the park’s boiling waters, the last one in 2000. Per the site: “The victims include seven young children who slipped away from parents, teenagers who fell through thin surface crust, fishermen who inadvertently stepped into hot springs near Yellowstone Lake, and park concession employees who illegally took ‘hot pot’ swims in thermal pools.”
Hopefully others can learn about Colin’s death and stay on the boardwalks and away from direct contact with the springs.
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