Week After Man Dies in Yellowstone Hot Spring, Tourist Fined $1,000 for Leaving Walkway

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A week after a 23-year-old Oregon man died when he walked off the boardwalk and fell into a scalding hot spring at Yellowstone National Park, another tourist was fined $1,000 for leaving the walkway.

A view of the Norris Geyser Basin at Yellowstone National Park on May 12, 2016. (Credit: MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)
A view of the Norris Geyser Basin at Yellowstone National Park on May 12, 2016. (Credit: MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images)

The Chinese national was fined on Tuesday, the park announced this week, after another visitor saw and reported him for walking on terraced formations and collecting thermal water near an area called Liberty Cap.

The tourist broke through the fragile crust that surrounds the Mammoth Hot Springs thermal area, the observer, who took photos, told rangers.

The incident occurred less than a week after the search was called off for Colin Nathaniel Scott of Portland, Oregon. He was with his younger sister June 7 when he walked some 225 yards off the boardwalk near Pork Chop Geyser and then slipped into the hot spring, according to the park.

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.

The search for Scott’s body was called off because no remains could be found.

Just a few days before his death, a teenager and his father were burned while walking off trail in Upper Geyser Basin.

In the incident this week, the visitor who was cited told law enforcement he had not reach safety information distributed at the park entrance. He was ordered to appear in federal court.

The Wyoming park reminded visitors to stay on trails and boardwalks in thermal areas both for their own safety and to protect the park’s natural features.

“Without visitor cooperation, park natural wonders will continue to be damaged and more individuals may be injured or killed,” stated the park in its Wednesday release.

The park has information about safety near thermal features at its website.

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