A 48-year-old man, Cade Edmond Siemens, an American who’s living in India, was severely burned when he fell into a hot spring at Old Faithful Geyser in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming on Sunday night.
He plunged into the thermal water after venturing off alone off the boardwalk, which is forbidden among visitors, without a flashlight. After accident, he was able went back to his room at the Old Faithful Inn, called for help around midnight and was taken by plane to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center with severe burns, in critical condition. When paramedics arrived on the scene, they detected “evidence of alcohol use.” Previously, in the last years, some deadly accidents occurred in the Yellowstone National Park linked to thermal waters. The Old Faithful Geyser erupts every 51 to 120 minutes and the water is 203 degrees Fahrenheit.
Thermal area in the Yellowstone National Park
An investigation into the incident is ongoing. If any damage was done to the geyser cone in this accident, a prosecution will be started against Cade. Visitors of Yellowstone are instructed to remain on boardwalks and informed that the ground in hydrothermal areas is fragile and thin, making the area an extremely dangerous place to walk.