Thursday, 15 June 2017

Man severely burned after falling in Yellowstone hot spring

A man has suffered severe burns after falling into a hot spring at Yellowstone National Park in the US state of Wyoming, park officials say.

Gervais Dylan Gatete, 21, of Raleigh, North Carolina, was with seven other people when the incident happened.

Just before midnight on Tuesday the group flagged down park rangers who helped transport Mr Gatete to hospital.

This is the first incident near the famous hot springs this year. Last June a man died after falling into a spring.

Mr Gatete, who is a hotel employee in the park, was flown from the airport in West Yellowstone to Salt Lake City, where he is in stable condition in hospital.
Yellowstone Superintendent Dan Wenk said in a statement that the park's thermal features are dangerous, and the ground nearby is fragile and thin, with scalding water just beneath the surface.

BBC    News.