Oregon man’s body dissolved after fall into Yellowstone hot spring

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. — The body of an Oregon man who slipped and fell into a hot spring at Yellowstone National Park earlier this year dissolved before rescue crews could finish their recovery, according to a report.

Colin Nathaniel Scott, 23, was with his sister when he walked more than 200 yards away from the boardwalk on June 7 to a the Pork Chop Geyser hot spring.

Scott was planning to soak in the water but slipped and fell in when he reached down to check the temperature, KULR reported reported Monday after a Freedom of Information Act request.

The station reported Scott’s sister recorded the incident, but park officials would not release or comment on the video.

Search and rescue crews saw Scott’s body in the scalding, acidic hot spring, but a lightning storm ended their recovery efforts, KULR reported.

When they returned, Scott’s body could not be seen and the search was called off.

“In a very short order, there was a significant amount of dissolving,” Deputy Chief ranger Lorant Veress told KULR.

The hot spring is the site of the highest temperature recorded in a geothermal area of the park — 459 degrees 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.