Man Confirmed Dead After Fall in Yellowstone Hot Spring

Colin Nathaniel Scott slipped and fell in a hot spring Tuesday, June 7, 2016 when he and his sister left the boardwalk in the Norris Geyser Basin

Porkchop Geyser in Norris Back Basin. Photo by Gloria Wadzinski
Porkchop Geyser in Norris Back Basin. Photo by Gloria WadzinskiGloria Wadzinski

Colin Nathaniel Scott, 23, of Portland, Oregon, slipped and fell to his death in a hot spring near Porkchop Geyser Tuesday, June 7, 2016. He and his sister, Sable Scott, illegally left the boardwalk and walked more than 200 yards in the Norris Geyser Basin when the accident happened. The victim’s sister reported the incident to rangers Tuesday afternoon.

Rangers were unable to recover his body but did find some of his belongings. While the Norris Geyser Basin is open, 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.”

Sadly, this tragic incident was the second known geyser accident in the park in one week. Earlier in the week, a 13-year-old boy was burned on his ankle and foot on June 6, 2016, after his dad slipped while carrying his son near Old Faithful. The father apparently also suffered burns. According to the National Park Service, the duo had walked off the designated trail in the thermal area. The boy was hospitalized following the incident.


Read about the dangers of geysers and hot springs in Yellowstone.