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Tourist falls near Old Faithful Geyser, suffering severe thermal burns



A tourist who visited Yellowstone National Park on Sunday suffered severe burns after stumbling, according to local reports, into a hot spring near the Old Faithful Geyser.

Cade Edmond Siemers, 48, a US citizen living in India, told rangers that he ran without a flashlight at the time of the fall, Jackson Hole News & Guide reported. He managed to return to his hotel room and was eventually flown to the burn center of a hospital in Idaho. He was in critical condition.

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Park rangers claimed to have detected "signs" of alcohol use in the hotel room.

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The park has about 500 geysers. Park Rangers are able to predict the onset of six of them, including Old Faithful, who has only lengthened the time between the eruptions over the last 30 years by about 30 minutes. Every year, four million people travel there.

The hospital told the statesman of Idaho that Siemers was in intensive care.

In 2016, Colin Nathaniel Scott, 23, of Portland, Oregon, left the boardwalk near the geyser and fell into an acidic high-temperature spring. Recovery efforts were halted after rangers discovered that there were no remains left in the hot spring.

The death occurred in one of the hottest and fugitive areas of Yellowstone, where boiling water flows directly under a thin stone crust.

The water temperatures there can reach 199 degrees, the boiling point of the water at the height of the park.

At least 22 people have died as a result of hot-spring injuries in and around Yellowstone since 1890, Park officials said.

] Associated Press has contributed to this report


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