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Man Who Fell Into Acidic Yellowstone Hot Spring Totally Dissolved Within A Day

Faye Williams

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Yellowstone National Park is a well-loved landmark in the US. It’s located in the state of Wyoming. However, it’s so vast — covering 2,219,791 acres — that it also extends into Montana and Idaho.

At the heart of Yellowstone is a caldera which is described as “a volcanic feature formed by the collapse of a volcano into itself.”

Thus, the park boasts of various geothermal features such as hot springs, mud pots, and fumaroles.

People are strictly forbidden from soaking in Yellowstone’s thermal pools or hot pools. The temperature in these pools often rise to dangerous levels. They can be as hot as 250 degrees Fahrenheit to 459 degrees Fahrenheit. Moreover, the concentration of sulfur in the water would also be very high.

Yellowstone is among the most unusual landscapes in the world.
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Safety warnings are liberally posted all over the park to remind people that they may get hurt or even die if they dare soak in the hot pools.

Warning signs such as these are scattered all over the park at Yellowstone.

Despite the warnings and constant safety reminders from park rangers, there are those who take the risk.

A horrible incident that happened in June 2016 proves that the warnings at the park should be taken seriously.

The Morning Glory Pool is just one of the park’s many “hot pools.”
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Due to the sensitive nature of the accident, the details were not released to the public.

However, Montana-based KULR-TV invoked the Freedom of Information Act and was able to get hold of the official report on the June 7, 2016 accident.

The temperature of Yellowstone’s “hot pools” can go as high as 459 degrees Fahrenheit.

On that day, 23-year-old Colin Scott and his sister, Sable Scott, were trying to find a place to “hot pot,” the term used for the act of bathing in the steaming waters at Yellowstone National Park. They ended up in a part of the park called the Norris Geyser Basin.

Sable said that Colin “was reaching down to check the temperature of a hot spring when he slipped and fell into the pool.”

Colin Scott at his graduation earlier in 2016.

Sable happened to be recording a video with her cellphone when Colin fell. The ghastly incident was captured on video.

Indeed, the video must’ve been so graphic that the authorities have decided never to release it to the public.

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Sable tried to rescue Colin, but her attempts were unsuccessful. She then notified the park authorities about what happened.

By the time the search and rescue team arrived at the pool, they found Colin’s body drifting around the pool, but officials could not quite reach him to drag him out. A thunderstorm made it even more difficult for them to recover his remains, forcing them to retreat for the night.

Colin Scott’s body had dissolved when the authorities went back to the scene.
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When the rescuers returned the next day, they discovered that Colin’s body had dissolved in the acidic waters of the hot pool. Nothing of the man remained – except his wallet and his flip flops.

Colin’s case isn’t isolated. A total of 20 people have died in the boiling waters in Yellowstone. Prior to Colin’s case, there was someone who died in 2000.

Yellowstone is a beautiful place, but it also has its dangers.
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According to the information posted on the park’s website, “The victims include seven young children who slipped away from parents, teenagers who fell through thin surface crust, fishermen who inadvertently stepped into hot springs near Yellowstone Lake, and park concession employees who illegally took ‘hot pot’ swims in thermal pools.”

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