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Yellowstone: Man's Body Dissolved In Hot Spring

| by Michael Howard

Rangers at Yellowstone National Park say a man's body dissolved after he fell into a hot spring in June.

Colin Nathaniel Scott, 23, and his sister visited the park on June 7 to find a place to "hot pot," according to a recently disclosed report filed by park officials. To this end, Scott ventured into an unauthorized section of the Norris Geyser basin, KULR reports.

"They were specifically moving in that area for a place that they could potentially get into and soak," Deputy Chief Ranger Lorant Veress told said. "I think they call it hot potting."

He added that Scott circumvented a closure designed to keep people away from the boiling waters.

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"There’s a closure in place to keep people from doing that for their own safety and also to protect the resources because they are very fragile," Veress said. "But, most importantly for the safety of people because it’s a very unforgiving environment."

Scott's sister Sable was recording his movements with her cell phone when the accident occurred. The resulting video has not been released.

"Her brother was reaching down to check the temperature of a hot spring when he slipped and fell into the pool," the report states.

When officials arrived on the scene, they located Scott's body in the water. They were unable to retrieve it, however, because of a severe thunder storm. When they returned the following day Scott's body was gone.

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"In a very short order, there was a significant amount of dissolving," Veress said.

As a preventative measure, the National Park Service posts signs warning visitors about the dangers of getting too close to the thermal pools, which can become as hot as 250 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the official Yellowstone website.

In spite of this, at least 20 people have died after falling into hot springs.

"Geothermal attractions are one of the most dangerous natural features in Yellowstone, but I don’t sense that awareness in either visitors or employees," park geologist Hank Heasler said.

Sources: KULR, Yellowstone / Photo Credit: Ken Kistler via Public Domain Pictures

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