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New details have been made available about a recent death that happened in June at Yellowstone National Park.

Man totally dissolved in Yellowstone hot spring


Daniel Martins
Digital Reporter

Friday, November 18, 2016, 12:20 PM - Gruesome details have emerged from an incident over the summer where a man died after falling into a hot spring in Yellowstone National Park. 

According to authorities, his body was actually completely dissolved by the spring's highly acidic waters.

Montana broadcaster KULR made a freedom of information request for details of the death of 23-year-old Colin Nathaniel Scott. According to the station, it seems Scott and his sister, Sable Scott, were in an unauthorized area of the park looking for a hot spring to soak in, a practice known as "hot potting."

Scott's sister told authorities her brother was leaning down to test one such spring, when he slipped and tumbled in. She recorded the slip on her cell phone, though KULR says park officials haven't released the video.

Scott did not survive immersion in the hot and acidic waters, and when rescuers arrived, they weren't able to retrieve his body before a lightning storm forced them to retreat. When they returned the following day, his body had been completely dissolved, right down to his flip flops.

"In a very short order, there was a significant amount of dissolving," Deputy Chief Ranger Lorant Veress told KULR.

Visitors to Yellowstone are advised to stay away from the springs, and from the park's abundant wildlife, with a handful of people reported injured by animals each year.

As for the springs themselves, at least 20 people have died from falling into their boiling waters since 1890, according to the Yellowstone website.

SOURCE: KULR | Yellowstone National Park

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