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    Man severely burned after falling into Yellowstone hot spring

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    MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS, Wyoming — A North Carolina man was being treated at the University of Utah Burn Center after falling into a hot spring at Yellowstone National Park late Tuesday night.

    Gervais Dylan Gatete, 21, was with seven other people in the Lower Geyser Basin north of Old Faithful when he fell, according to a park news release and reported by

    The group attempted to transport Gatete, an employee with Xanterra Parks and Resorts, by car for medical treatment. Just before midnight, they flagged down a park ranger near Seven Mile Bridge on the West Entrance Road.

    An ambulance was called and Gatete was rushed to the West Yellowstone Airport to be flown to the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.

    Officials spent Wednesday investigating exactly where and how Gatete fell into the hot spring. It’s unclear if he and his group were on or off marked trails.

    His condition was listed as critical as of Wednesday afternoon.

    “Yellowstone’s thermal features are dangerous,” said Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Dan Wenk in a news release. “We continually stress that people must stay on trails and boardwalks in geyser basins, not only to protect resources, but for their own safety.”

    This is the first serious injury in a thermal area at the park this year.

    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.

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    Breaking news!! Hot springs are hot!!
    Where you are....Is not who you are.


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    At least there wasn't a dog involved...

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    At least there wasn't a dog involved...
    True. Dogs have jumped into boiling or near boiling springs on several occasions. Although I can see why people take dogs on hikes, having them off leash with a bunch of extremely hot springs doesn't seem like a good idea.

    Anyway it is surprising how many people have died in the hot springs of Yellowstone. According to the NPS it has been over 20:

    It would be a horrible way to die as well.
    Utah is a very special and unique place. There is no where else like it on earth. Please take care of it and keep the remaining wild areas in pristine condition. The world will be a better place if you do.

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    Speaking of dogs jumping into hot springs...anyone remember that incident that happened several years ago in Draper where some lady's dog jumped into a hot spring and she went in after it and died as well?

    Somewhere in the vicinity of the Jordan River iirc...
    Where you are....Is not who you are.


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    Darwinism at work.

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