UPDATE: Body of man who fell into hot spring will not be recovered
The body of the man who fell into a hot spring in Yellowstone National Park on Tuesday will not be recovered.
“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.
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. – Park officials have released the name of a man who fell into a hot spring at the Norris Geyser Basin.
Colin Nathaniel Scott, 23, of Portland, Oregon, was with his sister, Sable Scott, when the incident occurred on Tuesday about 225 yards off the boardwalk near Pork Chop Geyser.
“Using extreme caution given the hazards of the thermal area, rangers confirmed Scott’s death Tuesday evening,” according to a news release from the park.
Rangers were focusing their efforts on recovering the body Wednesday. The Norris Geyser Basin is open, but there will be temporary closures in the area until the investigation is complete.
The death is the second thermal-related incident to occur in the park during the 2016 summer season. Last Saturday, a father and son suffered burns in the Upper Geyser Basin after walking off the designated trail in the thermal area, park officials said.
“We extend our sympathy to the Scott family,” said Yellowstone 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.”
EastIdahoNews.com has a crew at the park and will update this story with more details as they become available.
For information on safety around thermal features, visit go.nps.gov/yellsafety.