June 8, 2016 – greatfallstribune.com- GREAT FALLS –
Colin Nathaniel Scott of Portland, Oregon, has been identified as the man who died after falling into a hot spring in Yellowstone National Park on Tuesday.
A press release from Yellowstone National Park on Wednesday says that Scott, 23 years old, walked off the designated boardwalk, and slipped and fell into a hot spring at the Norris Geyser Basin
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Scott was with his sister when the incident happened about 225 yards off the boardwalk near Pork Chop Geyser; his sister reported the incident to park rangers.
Pork Chop Geyser is about 27 miles east of West Yellowstone.
Using extreme caution given the hazards of the thermal area, rangers confirmed Scott’s death Tuesday evening.
Rangers will now focus their efforts on recovering the body.
The Norris Geyser Basin is open. However, visitors should anticipate temporary closures in the area until the investigation is complete.
“We extend our sympathy to the Scott family,” said YNP 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.”
This fatality is the second known thermal-related incident to occur in the park during the 2016 summer season.