June 8, 2016 – CNN – The search is still on for a man who fell into a hot spring at Yellowstone National Park.
A witness reported seeing a man in his early 20s walk off the boardwalk in the Norris Geyser Basin area and fall into the thermal spring about 225 yards away, park officials said in a statement to CBS affiliate KRTV.
“The recovery process is very difficult because of the hazards of the environment,” park spokeswoman Charissa Reid told KRTV.
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Reid said the man is in his 20s, but she would not identify the man or where he is from.
The basin is considered the hottest, oldest and most dynamic of Yellowstone’s thermal areas, according to the park’s website. It’s home to the highest temperature recorded in a Yellowstone geothermal area and has few thermal features under the boiling point.
The Norris Geyser Basin is the hottest and most dynamic thermal area in Yellowstone, which features springs that can reach temperatures close to 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
“The features in the basin change daily, with frequent disturbances from seismic activity and water fluctuations,” according to the park website.
“At this time, rangers are treating this incident as a probable fatality because the victim has not been located,” Jody Lyle, a spokeswoman for the park, said several hours later.
Authorities closed the basin and were proceeding with caution because of the heat around the springs.
Over the weekend, a 13-year-old boy burned his ankle and foot when he fell into a hot pool in Yellowstone’s Upper Geyser Basin. His father slipped while carrying him, the Billings Gazette reported.