Man falls into hot spring at Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park rangers suspended the search for the body of a 23-year-old OR man who fell into the hot spring in the Norris Geyser Basin.

Recovery efforts were called off Wednesday after authorities said there were no more remains of Scott's body to recover from the spring that exceeded 400 degrees.

"We extend our sympathy to the Scott family", said Yellowstone Superintendent Dan Wenk.

Officials say this tragic ending for a Yellowstone National Park tourist is yet another grim reminder that visitors need to follow park rules.

There have been around 22 deaths related to hot springs in and around Yellowstone since 1890, according to park officials. That includes people getting too close to wildlife and entering unsafe areas in violation of regulations.

"It's sort of dumb, if I could be so blunt, to walk off the boardwalks not knowing what you're doing", said Professor Kenneth Sims, a member of the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory.

His death occurred in one of the hottest and most volatile areas of Yellowstone, where boiling water flows just beneath a thin rock crust.

Scott worked in Herman's office before graduating on May 21 as the top student in his program.

Someone reported seeing a man in his early 20s walk off the boardwalk in the Norris Geyser Basin area and fall into the thermal spring about 225 yards away. "We have regulations in place for a reason - They're here to protect the features in the park ... they're also here to protect the people in the park", Reid said.

Scott's sister said he left the boardwalk over the springs, lost his footing and fell into scalding water.

Beyond their interest in spotting grizzly bears, elk, and bighorn sheep, millions of visitors flock to Wyoming's Yellowstone National Park every year to witness the geothermal phenomena at play around the volcanic hotspot, spilling over the surface in the form of erupting geysers and boiling hot springs.

Mr Scott himself was described as "a very nice young man, a bright spirit" by a former manager.

Not long after a group of men from Vancouver, B.C. landed themselves in hot water when they ventured off a boardwalk and onto the park's grand prismatic spring to snap photos for social media.

Last month, a Canadian tourist put a bison calf into his vehicle boot in Yellowstone as he was anxious it looked cold.

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