Last updated: 02:00 PM ET, Wed June 08 2016

Tourist Presumed Dead After Falling into Hot Spring at Yellowstone Park

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | June 08, 2016

Tourist Presumed Dead After Falling into Hot Spring at Yellowstone Park

Photo by David Cogswell

On Tuesday, a tourist at Yellowstone National Park was seen falling into a hot spring, and park officials are now treating the search for his body as a probable fatality.

According to, witnesses at the Norris Geyser Basin at Yellowstone National Park reportedly saw a man in his early 20s walk off the edge of a boardwalk and into the hot spring. Search teams have not found the man’s body as of Wednesday morning.

Rangers searching for the man have been slowed by the temperatures of the hot springs in the area, which are the hottest in the park, reaching 199 degrees Fahrenheit or more. Park officials said the hot springs the man reportedly fell into are about 225 yards off of the boardwalk.

The possible fatality is just the latest in a series of unfortunate events at the national park. In May, a group of tourists put a baby bison into a truck to keep it warm, but ended up costing the animal its life as it was euthanized when the herd rejected the animal.

Later the same month, a group of Canadian tourists were filmed walking around and causing damage to an environmentally protected and dangerous area. The group was charged with federal counts and issued a public apology.


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