A Portland, Oregon man who was hoping to bathe in a hot pool in Yellowstone National Park died and was dissolved when he fell into the park's boiling, acidic Norris Geyser Basin, park officials have disclosed.
On a college graduation trip, Colin Scott, 23, and his sister were looking for a place to "hot pot," or soak in the steaming waters -- a practice the national park forbids. A report on the June 7th accident, obtained under a Freedom of Information Act request by KULR-TV, quoted Scott's sister, Sable Scott, as saying "her brother was reaching down to check the temperature of a hot spring when he slipped and fell into the pool." She tried to rescue her brother, unsuccessfully. She was recording with her cellphone when he fell; the incident was captured on video.
Sable Scott notified park authorities, who sent a search and rescue team that was thwarted by a lightning storm. They couldn't recover her brother's body from the pool, and upon returning the next day, found that the acidic waters had disintegrated the body.