Disturbing new details have been released about the death of a man who was killed when he slipped into a scalding hot spring at Yellowstone National Park earlier this year.
Colin Nathaniel Scott, 23, was with his younger sister when he walked more than 200 yards away from the boardwalk on June 7 to a hot spring called Pork Chop Geyser.
Scott was planning to “hot-spot,” or soak in the water but slipped and fell in when he reached down to check the temperature, television station KULR reported Monday of the new information, which came after a Freedom of Information Act request.
Search and rescue rangers did see Scott’s body in the scalding, acidic hot spring, but a lightning storm ended their recovery efforts, according to KULR.
When they returned, Scott’s body — which could no longer be seen — had apparently dissolved and the search was called off.
“In a very short order, there was a significant amount of dissolving,” Deputy Chief Ranger Lorant Veress told the television station.
The hot spring where Scott fell is the site of the highest temperature ever recorded in a geothermal area of the park — 459 degrees Fahrenheit in a drill hole 1,087 feet below the surface, according to the park’s website.
Yellowstone’s website also offers safety information for visitors near the park’s thermal features.
The fall was apparently recorded by Scott’s sister, according to the television station, but park officials would not release or comment on the video.