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Man who fell into Yellowstone hot spring "dissolved" in acidic boiling waters

The man’s body was never recovered.

Source: CNN/YouTube

A MAN WHO died after falling into a hot spring at Yellowstone National Park essentially ‘dissolved’ in the acidic boiling waters, a report has found.

The contents of the report were released following a Freedom of Information request by CNN affiliate KULR.

Some areas of the park are out-of-bounds to visitors for their own safety but 23-year old Colin Nathaniel Scott and his sister went to an unauthorised area.

It’s understood they were looking for a place to “hot pot”, or bathe, on 7 June of this year.

While reaching down to test the water in a hot spring, Scott fell into it. His body was later found by rescuers but a lightning storm prevented them retrieving it.

When they returned the next day no remains were found.

“In a very short order, there was a significant amount of dissolving,” according to Deputy Chief Ranger Lorant Veress.

A video of the incident was recorded by the deceased’s sister but it was not released, nor was any description of the footage.

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