Report: Man who fell into hot spring at Yellowstone National Park was attempting to ‘hot pot’

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BILLINGS, Mont. – An Oregon man who died after falling into a hot spring at Yellowstone National Park over the summer wanted to “hot pot” and slipped while trying to check the water temperature, the official report about the man’s death said.

“Hot potting” is the practice of soaking in one of the park’s thermal springs. It is strictly forbidden at the park.

4 Fast Facts

  • Man died in June after falling into hot spring at Yellowstone National Park
  • His sister filmed the accident
  • The man slipped and fell while checking the water temperature
  • Rescuers couldn’t find his remains because his body had dissolved in the hot water

According to USA Today, 23-year-old Colin Scott and his sister, Sable, were at Yellowstone in June and looking for a place to get in and soak. They’d illegally ventured off the boardwalk at the Norris Geyser Basin. Scott’s sister shot video as they journey; she also recorded his fall although the footage was not included with the report.

Sable Scott said her brother was reaching down to check the temperature of the hot spring when he slipped and fell into the water.

Rangers arrived after she called for help. They found the “upper torso of a male victim floating face up in a pool.” The water temperature was 212 degree Fahrenheit, according to the report released this week by Yellowstone officials.

Crews were unable to recover his body on the day of his fall because of a lightning storm; they returned the next day to retrieve his remains but said the body was no longer visible. The report said extreme heat and the acidity of the water dissolved his body.

There were no citations issued in connection with Scott’s death.

Park officials said there are signs around the park warning people not to venture off marked paths.

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