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Friday, June 16, 2017

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.

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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.

In 2016, a 23-year-old man died in the Lower Geyser Basin after leaving the boardwalk trail with his sister.

Authorities later determined it was too unsafe to recover his body, which had dissolved almost entirely by the following day.

The area of the park where the hot springs and geysers - which spout water into the air - are located is on the edge of the famous Yellowstone caldera, a "supervolcano" or "hotspot".

The caldera's activity fuels the thermal pools in the area.

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

People tend to get more stupid when they're part of a group.

#1 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2017-06-16 01:36 AM | Reply

People tend to get more stupid when they're part of a group.

#1 | POSTED BY J_TREMAIN

or from north carolina....

#2 | Posted by kudzu at 2017-06-16 06:44 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

He thought it was a jacuzzi.

#4 | Posted by JeffJ at 2017-06-16 09:06 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

I was surprised by this part...

In 2016, a 23-year-old man died... his body, which had dissolved almost entirely by the following day.

Damn. The water has turned into acid.

#5 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2017-06-16 09:10 AM | Reply

"The water has turned into acid."

Not much turning needed, if you've ever smelled it. Very sulfuric. Phew!

#6 | Posted by Danforth at 2017-06-16 09:28 AM | Reply

He wasn't going to let any stupid rules interfere with his freedumb!

#7 | Posted by SomebodyElse at 2017-06-16 09:35 AM | Reply

I guess since he wasn't a tourist they aren't going to point out that he was clearly doing something stupid and against the rules when it happened.

#8 | Posted by Sully at 2017-06-16 10:17 AM | Reply

What I'd like to know is, who held his beer?

#9 | Posted by TheTom at 2017-06-16 02:02 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

North Carolina??? That says it all doesn't it???

#10 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2017-06-16 02:04 PM | Reply

"North Carolina??? That says it all doesn't it???" - #10 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2017-06-16 02:04 PM

Just like Kansas speaks volumes.

#11 | Posted by Hans at 2017-06-16 02:06 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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Definitely a Darwin Award winner [no regrets to the reference RCADE] ;)

#12 | Posted by MSgt at 2017-06-16 02:35 PM | Reply

"The water has turned into acid."
Not much turning needed, if you've ever smelled it. Very sulfuric. Phew!

#6 | POSTED BY DANFORTH

Sulfuric acid is easily the nastiest chemical I've handled.

In the concentrated form we use it in it's almost syrup-like in consistency and eats through lab coats in seconds. Nasty s---.

#13 | Posted by jpw at 2017-06-16 08:54 PM | Reply

Went to Bumpass Hell at Mount Larsen years ago with my brother. Very expensive Canon camera that i'd had for years . The sulfuric acid in the air ate the electronics not to mention my asthma.

#14 | Posted by bruceaz at 2017-06-16 09:09 PM | Reply

Went to Bumpass Hell at Mount Larsen years ago with my brother. Very expensive Canon camera that i'd had for years . The sulfuric acid in the air ate the electronics not to mention my asthma.

#15 | Posted by bruceaz at 2017-06-16 09:09 PM | Reply

Went to Bumpass Hell at Mount Larsen years ago...

Sounds like a gay bar...

:)

Seriously, though, all this talk makes me want to grab my national parks passport and head west.

#16 | Posted by jpw at 2017-06-16 09:57 PM | Reply

Do it, you can sleep on my couch.
Which is in the back of my van.

#17 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-06-16 11:18 PM | Reply

Sounds like a gay bar.

Was that you?

#18 | Posted by bruceaz at 2017-06-16 11:55 PM | Reply

Do it, you can sleep on my couch.
Which is in the back of my van.

#17 | POSTED BY SNOOFY

Great! When we load the couch you go first.

Then...it puts the lotion on its skin...

#19 | Posted by jpw at 2017-06-17 12:24 AM | Reply

Sounds like a gay bar.
Was that you?

#18 | POSTED BY BRUCEAZ

Wanna go camping? ;)

#20 | Posted by jpw at 2017-06-17 12:25 AM | Reply

Bumpass heaven lol.

Actually that Bumpass guy fell through the thin crust and was badly burned like the Yellowstone fellow.

#21 | Posted by bruceaz at 2017-06-17 12:34 AM | Reply

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