In June, 23-year-old Colin Nathaniel Scott and his sister, Sable Scott, visited Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.
Deputy Chief Ranger Lorant Veress explains to KULR 8 that the area where the pair were is “geothermally active” and that the designated walkways have a “closure” in place to prevent people from getting near the water.
Instead of staying on the designated walkways, however, the pair ignored the danger signs and wandered further into the park to look for a geyser to “Hot Pot” in.
Veress confirms the pair's intentions with KULR 8, saying, “…they were specifically moving in that area for a place that they could potentially get into and soak.”
“Hot Potting” is the term for illegally taking a soak in geyser waters of a park.
The National Park Service website explains that geysers, or “hot springs with constrictions in their plumbing... can exceed the surface boiling point (199°F/93°C).” And while acidic geysers and hot springs are extremely rare around the world, the majority in existence are in Norris Geyser Basin area of the park— exactly where the brother and sister attempted to Hot Pot.
Sadly for Colin, the hot spring they decided might be a good spot to take a dip was both. Cell phone footage taken by Sable, but not released by authorities, records the horrific moment unfolding.
The official report recently released to the public states:
“Her brother was reaching down to check the temperature of a hot spring when he slipped and fell into the pool.”
Colin never made it back out.
When authorities arrived on the scene, they found Colin's body, flip flops, and wallet in the water. However, the recovery efforts came to an abrupt halt when a lightning storm rolled into the area. When they returned, the body was nowhere to be found.
The official report obtained by KULR 8 confirmed that the hot spring was one of the acidic geysers in the area and his body had been dissolved:
This is not the first death related to hot springs and geysers in the park— some accidents and others from people trying to Hot Pot. There have been over 20 recorded deaths since 1870.