UPDATE: Yellowstone National Park officials are reporting that an Oregon man is dead after he walked off a boardwalk, slipped and fell into a hot spring at the Norris Geyser Basin.

The park sent out an update Wednesday afternoon to a previous email that stated the man was presumed dead and an investigation was underway. Rangers confirmed the man’s death Tuesday evening, the park said in its release on Wednesday.

Colin Nathaniel Scott, 23, from Portland, Oregon was with his sister, Sable Scott, when the incident occurred about 225 yards off the boardwalk near Pork Chop Geyser. The victim’s sister reported the incident to rangers Tuesday afternoon.

Rangers are focusing on recovering the body today. They are using extreme caution given the hazards of the thermal area, the release said.

The Norris Geyser Basin is open, but visitors should anticipate temporary closures in the area until the investigation is complete.

“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.”

This is the second known thermal-related incident to occur in the park during the 2016 summer season. Last Saturday, June 6, a father and son suffered burns in the Upper Geyser Basin after walking off the designated trail in the thermal area, according to the park.


A Yellowstone National Park visitor is presumed dead after walking off a boardwalk and falling into a hot spring.

A witness reported that a man in his early 20s walked off the boardwalk and fell into a hot spring at Norris Geyser Basin, according to a news release sent out by the park on Tuesday night. At that time, the victim had not been located and rangers are treating it as a probable fatality.

Norris Geyser Basin was closed following the incident.

The incident happened about 225 yards off the boardwalk.

Rangers are using extreme caution due to the hazards of the thermal area.

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