Man Killed In Yellowstone Hot Spring Was Trying To Soak In The

first_img Last summer, a man essentially boiled to death in a Yellowstone hot spring while exploring Yellowstone National Park. But thanks to additional information that surfaced following a Freedom of Information Act request that was recently (finally) fulfilled, the cause of death wasn’t accidental. The man was looking for a place to “hot pot.”It’s a fairly stupid name to refer to soaking in HOT water, even though that’s typically the name given to the act of “shabu-shabu,” or the hot pot that refers to cooking a meal in a pot of boiling water at Japanese restaurants. But that’s apparently what this person was looking to do in one of the worst places he possibly could.The accident occurred in Norris Geyser Basin on the afternoon of June 7, and as the information released from the Freedom of Information Act states, the victim, 23-year-old Colin Nathaniel Scott’s sister recorded the incident her smartphone. Deputy Chief Ranger Lorant Veress describes the area as having “boiling, acidic waters,” explaining that there’s actually a closure there to keep people from doing the exact thing Scott did.Scott and his sister Sable deliberately left the boardwalk near Pork Chop Geyser and walked several hundred feet up a hill to the area, with Sable recording the journey all along. The information released has no description of the video shot via phone, but it’s safe to assume it’s quite grisly and hasn’t been released out of respect to the family. The report quotes Sable as saying that her brother hadn’t deliberately hopped in the pool or anything, but was reaching down to check the temperature when he slipped and fell in.In the end, while park rangers attempted to recover Scott’s body, a lightning storm kept them from getting much done the same day of the accident. The next day rangers found his wallet and flip flops, but it appeared that his body had been dissolved significantly due to the acidic quality of the boiling water.It’s a terrible lesson but brings light to the importance of staying alert, being careful, and most importantly, obey the signs posted for your own safety.For a less grisly account (in)famous Tomo News has animated the incident: Yellowstone’s Steamboat Geyser Sets New Eruption RecordYellowstone Geyser Shoots Out Decades-Old Trash During Rare Eruption Stay on targetlast_img

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