Authorities claimed that the body of the victim was dissolved by the acidic water of Yellowstone National Park’s hot springs.
An American man’s dead body was found in the hot spring in Yellowstone National Park.
Colin Scott, 23, from Oregon, died after he reached down to check the water temperature and slipped and fell into a thermal pool about 6 feet long, 4 feet wide and 10 feet deep. His body was later on found in Norris Geyser Basin, one of the hottest spots in the park.
Sable Scott, the sister of the victim was able to record the tragic incident on her mobile phone. However, park officials did not release the video or a description of it. Several reports are claiming the video chronicled Sable Scott’s efforts to rescue her brother.
The officials put up warning signs for a reason. Yellowstone’s deputy chief ranger Lorant Veress said, “…it is wild and it hasn’t been overly altered by people to make things a whole lot safer, it’s got dangers”.
The two siblings ignored the warning signs and headed to the boardwalk in search of a pool to soak in.
Scott’s sister was quoted saying, “her brother was reaching down to check the temperature of a hot spring when he slipped and fell into the pool”.
Search and rescue officials later found the body of the victim in the pool. However, the rescuers abandoned the body because of the danger of an approaching storm. When the authorities came back to retrieve the body, the remains couldn’t be found.
“The whole area is geothermally active,” chief deputy Veress told KULR 8.
“There’s a closure in place to protect people from doing that for their own safety. It’s a very unforgiving environment.” Veress has also described the water of the hot spring as churning and acidic when officials returned to retrieve the body.
“In a very short order, there was a significant amount of dissolving,” he said.
Yellowstone National Park has more than 500 active geysers. The park officials did not issue further citations in regard to the incident.
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