[Cover Photo: Brocken Inaglory]
Gervais Dylan Gatete, a 21 year-old from North Carolina, is recovering from severe burns after he fell into the boiling water of Lower Geyser Basin @Yellowstone during the evening hours on Tuesday reports the NPS.
Gatete was accompanied by seven others when he reportedly fell into the scalding water of the hot spring. Immediately after the mishap, his friends helped get him out of the hot spring and evacuated the victim via automobile. Just before midnight, his group was able to wave a park ranger down who performed first aid on the Gatete before and ambulance arrived on the scene. He was later flown to an undisclosed hospital for further treatment.
“We continually stress that people must stay on trails and boardwalks in geyser basins, not only to protect resources, but for their own safety.” – Dan Wenk, Superintendent of Yellowstone National Park
Superintendent, Dank Wenk says that while beautiful, “Yellowstone’s thermal features are dangerous.” In fact, hot springs within the park are responsible for more deaths and injuries than Grizzly Bears, rivers/lakes, or lightning.
Find the entire NPS press release here: Man Severely Burned in Hot Spring