Colin ScottYELLOWSTONE – A 23-year-old man died after he wandered hundreds of yards off a designated boardwalk at Yellowstone and fell into a hot spring at the Norris Geyser Basin.

On Tuesday, Colin Scott and his sister hiked approximately 225 yards off the designated boardwalk near Pork Chop Geyser when Scott slipped and fell into a thermal geyser.

His sister alerted rangers who returned to the scene, which was in an area so remote that the park airplane and helicopter had trouble finding it, but there wasn’t much they could do.

Because of the high temperatures, all that could be recovered were some of Scott’s personal effects that were near the spot he fell in. By Wednesday, rangers determined there were no longer any remains of Scott left to recover and abandoned the search.

The spot where Scott fell in is one of the hottest and most volatile areas of Yellowstone, where the water that flows beneath a thin rock crust is 400 degrees or more.

“We extend our sympathy to the Scott family,” said 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.”

Kind of stupid he has to remind anyone at all, especially with the amount of signs that are posted all over the damn place telling visitors not to stray from the designated boardwalks. Hell, Scott’s death isn’t even the first thermal geyser related incident to happen at the park this week. Last Saturday, a father and son suffered burns when they walked off the designated trail in the thermal area and fell through the crust.

I feel for Scott’s friends and family, but damn. It’s stupid decisions like this that not only lead to serious injury or death, but put other people’s lives in danger and could eventually lead to those who recognize and respect the dangers of Yellowstone’s thermal features not being able to enjoy them at all.

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