The hot springs at Yellowstone National Park are a great place to visit. Watching the Old Faithful erupt is what people flock to see. But you do have to be careful. After all, they are hot springs and they don’t play.
Gervais Dylan Gatete, a 21-year-old who was traveling with a group of friends, thought he was going to have a good time and take a few pictures. Then he was going to have that story to tell the world when he got home. It sounded like a good plan. Too bad it didn’t work out that way.
As he was visiting the Lower Geyser Basin north of the Old Faithful area, he made the fatal mistake of falling in and suffering severe burns. The group he was with tried to get him out of there in their car. They were able to find park staff and flag them down.
The Hot Springs Of Old Faithful Putting On A Show
That’s when he was rushed off in an ambulance. He was then transported to an airport where he was flown off to a hospital. But that was the end of his trip. He passed away from his severe burns. It was devastating news. Sadly enough, it’s not the first time this has happened at the Yellowstone National Park.
In a park statement, superintendent Dan Wenk said, “Yellowstone’s thermal features are dangerous. We continually stress that people must stay on trails and boardwalks in geyser basins, not only to protect resources, but for their own safety.”
Stay On The Trails And Boardwalks
The statement went on to say, “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.”
Gervais Dylan Gatete’s death is a tragedy. Hopefully one that serves as a warning for anyone else who visits the park. Make sure you’re careful! You want to have a good time and not have it end in tragedy.