Yellowstone National Park is popular for being the first national park where people can enjoy the unique hydrothermal wonders. While this tourist destination is fascinating to explore, visitors need to be extremely cautious, particularly in its hot springs, because it can be deadly. The park has more than 10,000 thermal features, including steam vents, mud pots, hot springs, and geysers.
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Colin Scott, 23, and his sister, Sable Scott, were exploring the oldest and hottest thermal area in the park called the Norris Geyser Basin. They decided to find a place within the park they could get into and soak in. The siblings walked into an isolated area where only a thin layer of dirt separated them from the bath of death churning below their feet, which is approximately 225 yards away from the boardwalk. This was their greatest mistake – leaving the safety of the boardwalk where visitors can explore crystal-clear pools without being exposed to dangerous areas.
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However, Colin accidentally fell into the scalding hot spring. Sable, who had been filming this time, was seen attempting to rescue her brother to no avail. All That’s Interesting, a site for curious people who want to know more about what they see on the news or read in history books, reported that she immediately called for help. Unfortunately, the rescue search had to stop due to a lightning storm. Search and rescue rangers also stated that the body wouldn’t be able to recover because it had already dissolved.
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Charissa Reid, the park’s spokeswoman, said that park officials put an end to the recovery mission “due to the extreme nature and futility of it all.” And the hot spring was too acidic, leaving “no remains left to recover.” According to Business Insider, an American financial and business news website, Colin fell in the hottest thermal region in the park, where temperatures can reach 237 degrees Celsius. This marked the first thermal-related death in 16 years in the park.