A 23-year-old man dissolved after falling into a Yellowstone hot spring.
A 23-year-old man dissolved after falling into an acidic hot spring at Yellowstone National Park this past June when he and his sister, Sable, wandered into an unauthorized area.
Colin Nathaniel Scott and his sister were visiting from Oregon. Scott reached down to feel the temperature of the water and slipped and fell into the acidic spring.
The two climbed up to the Norris Geyser basin to “hot pot.”
“They were specifically moving in that area for a place that they could potentially get into and soak.” Deputy Chief Ranger Lorant Veress told CNN affiliate KULR. “I think they call it hot potting.”
Rescuers were able to find Scott’s body in the spring, but were unable to recover the body due to a lightning storm. When rescuers arrived the following day the body had dissolved in the acidic water.
The geysers and springs in Yellowstone are acidic because they are natually fed by thermal water underground. The water collects sulfur as it approaches the surface.
Scott’s sister videoed the incident, however park services will not release the footage at this time.
Veress warned visitors to obey park rules.
“Because Yellowstone is wild and it hasn’t been overly altered by people to make things a whole lot safer, it’s got dangers,” he said. ” A place like Yellowstone which is set aside because of the incredible geothermal resources that are here, all the more so.”