A North Carolina man has suffered severe burns after falling into a hot spring at Yellowstone National Park late on Tuesday. The investigators are still trying to determine how the man fell in.
The 21-year-old, Gervais Dylan Gatete, was with seven other people when he fell into the Lower Geyser Basin north of the Old Faithful area, according to a statement by the park.
Around midnight, the group attempted to evacuate Gatete by car, flagging down park staff, who provided and ambulance to the airport where he was flown to the hospital. Rangers were not around during the incident and an investigation is being conducted to find out how Gatete fell in.
“Yellowstone’s thermal features are dangerous,” said Superintendent Dan Wenk in the park statement. “We continually stress that people must stay on trails and boardwalks in geyser basins, not only to protect resources, but for their own safety.”
Gatete is the first injury at the park this year. According to CNN, hot springs have killed or injured more people than other natural features at Yellowstone.
“Last June, a man left the boardwalk and died after slipping into a hot spring in Norris Geyser Basin. In August 2000, one person died and two people received severe burns from falling into a hot spring in the Lower Geyser Basin,” it said in the park statement.
Always be careful while you’re road tripping out there.