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"Honey --- Watch as I step off the boardwalk and wander over to that thermal pool"

June 8 — Yellowstone National Park rangers have suspended efforts to recover the body of an Oregon man who fell into a boiling hot spring on Tuesday, The Associated Press reports.

“They were able to recover a few personal effects,” park spokeswoman Charissa Reid told AP on Wednesday. “There were no remains left to recover.”
 

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There are some merits to conformity and not coloring outside the lines, or in this case taking the path less traveled.
 

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I think this kind of thing should be encouraged along with petting the Buffalo. Thin the gene pool a little. :idea:
 

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Great. Now the lawyers will make them install hand rails on all the board walks. I was at Yellowstone a couple of years ago. You'd have to be very, very, very, clumsy and stupid to end up in one of the pools. You would have to fall off the boardwalk and then take several large steps.

Thinning the gene pool, one idiot at a time.
 

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EDIT -- he didn't just stumble off the boardwalk.

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Colin Nathaniel Scott, 23, of Portland, was with his sister and had traveled about 225 yards off the boardwalk on Tuesday when he slipped and fell into the hot spring in the Norris Geyser Basin, park officials said.

After Scott’s sister reported the fall, rangers navigated over the highly-fragile crust of the geyser basin to try to recover his body. They halted the effort today “due to the extreme nature and futility of it all,” Reid said, referring to the high temperature and acidic nature of the spring.​
 

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That's a pretty awful way to go, boiled alive. :eek:

The Norris Hot Spring apparently is about 198-199 degrees. You get to feel what a lobster does, before the end.
 

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Great. Now the lawyers will make them install hand rails on all the board walks. I was at Yellowstone a couple of years ago. You'd have to be very, very, very, clumsy and stupid to end up in one of the pools. You would have to fall off the boardwalk and then take several large steps.

Thinning the gene pool, one idiot at a time.
Years ago (1960s?) the courts upheld the Park Service's no handrails policy as reasonable, considering the amount of specific signage warning people of the dangers of not following the rules. Hopefully, the dumbing down of the nation does not mean that a new case will overturn that precedence.
 

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I don't know what the PH of the broth he was boiled in was, but it must have been acidic to boil him down to nothing. Pretty horrible way to go, but he was way off the accepted path. I have been to many state and national parks including Yellowstone, the number of people ignoring signs is staggering. Certain tourists seem to be worse than others. I remember chewing out an Asian kid when he crossed a barrier in Glacier National park to get a good picture by a waterfall. He was on slippery rocks with flip flops. The number one cause of death there is drowning,usually falling into water like that. Stupid.
 

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Nobody deserves to die from lapses of judgment, but there's a bit less sympathy when ample warning and precautions have been posted, and when ignoring all that goes against basic common sense.

I can't help but wonder how long it takes to die like that.......the shock must induce a heart attack, or cause the person to pass out almost instantly.
 

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If you want an interesting and unnerving read, this is an excellent book, written by a former park employee. A section for each of the major ways to die in the park, drowning, falls, boiling, being eaten or murdered etc. The section on being boiled is unsettling to say the least, lots of detail.

Death in Yellowstone: Accidents and Foolhardiness in the First National Park by Lee H. Whittlesey ? Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists

And yep, the NPS policy is that you are in a natural environment that can be dangerous and they won't hold your hand.
 

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If you want an interesting and unnerving read,
Yeah, that's a great book. The one story that sticks out is how they've found bodies on the shores of Yellowstone Lake wearing clothes from decades earlier. Apparently drowning victims can sink and the cold water preserves them for a looooong time until something happens to cause the bodies to wash up on shore.

I'll admit, my wife and I had a pretty tense moment canoeing on Shoshone Lake shortly after we were married. We got a late start and were on the lake when the wind whipped up some 2+ foot high waves. That lake is just barely above freezing all year long. Although I'd like to say that I'm an awesome canoeist and had it all under control, I was f-ing terrified. Pointing the boat straight to shore would only have put us broadside to the waves. We were kinda trapped for a while.

We could have easily fell in and succumbed to hypothermia in a very short time. It would have been all my fault and I bet people would have had a lot of interesting things to say about it on the internet.
 

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If you want an interesting and unnerving read, this is an excellent book, written by a former park employee. A section for each of the major ways to die in the park, drowning, falls, boiling, being eaten or murdered etc. The section on being boiled is unsettling to say the least, lots of detail.

Death in Yellowstone: Accidents and Foolhardiness in the First National Park by Lee H. Whittlesey ? Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists

And yep, the NPS policy is that you are in a natural environment that can be dangerous and they won't hold your hand.
Thanks, I forgot the name of the book! Think it was a favorite of John's friend. Might look for it next time we're over there (his wife is letting us take some books.)
 

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F you if you think his screw up deserves the death penalty.
Darwin almost always wins... there are a few that escape in the long run.

and I'm probably not your type, but thanks for the offer, but I'll pass
 

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I have had a storm front rise up when canoeing, pretty far from shore - over 1 mile. It was a head wind east to west (low pressure front pulling in air), so it kept veering canoe to either side as I tried to go straight east to shore.

I won't canoe without life jacket on. Here in SE Texas, we can either have storms come up quickly on lakes, or deep spots with submerged branches in the creeks - and few have clear water. Or, alligators freaking you out. Or water moccasins. The bays have boats and ships, and weird currents. The rivers have strong, unpredictable currents, no visibility under water, and submerged branches.
 

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F you if you think his screw up deserves the death penalty.
There is a certain lack of empathy going on in this thread.

Yes, the guy f-ed up, no question. But I think the whole 'being boiled alive' thing already paid him back for it about a thousandfold, ya think?

No real need for us to pile on further, unless some folks just plain like making fun of unfortunate dead people. :skep:
 
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