North Carolina Man Suffers Severe Burns After Falling Into Yellowstone Hot Spring

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A 21-year-old man from North Carolina suffered severe burns late Tuesday when he fell into a hot spring at Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.

Gervais Dylan Gatete from Raleigh was with seven other people when he was burned in the Lower Geyser Basin north of the Old Faithful area, a spokeswoman for the park said Wednesday in a written statement.

Investigators are trying to determine how Gatete fell in.

“Yellowstone’s thermal features are dangerous,” Superintendent Dan Wenk said. The park’s statement explains the ground in the area is fragile, with scalding water just below the surface.

Hot springs have killed or injured more people than other natural features at Yellowstone.

“Stay on boardwalks and trails in thermal areas,” the park warns.

Gatete works for Colorado-based Xanterra Parks and Resorts, a hospitality company that lists Yellowstone among its affiliated properties.

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SOURCE: CNN, Steve Almasy