Porcelain Basin, Norris Geyser Basin

Porcelain Basin, Norris Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park. Image used by Creative Commons license.

Yellowstone National Park has confirmed the death of the man who fell into a hot spring at the Norris Geyser Basin on Tuesday afternoon.

Colin Nathaniel Scott, 23, of Portland, Oregon, was off the boardwalk near Pork Chop Geyser and fell into the hot spring, the park said in a news release. 

Scott was estimated to be about 225 yards off the boardwalk. He was with his sister, who reported the incident to park rangers.

Rangers confirmed Scott's death Tuesday evening. They will spend Wednesday trying to recover the body.

Norris Geyser Basin is open, but visitors should expect occasional temporary closures until rangers finish the investigation.

Park superintendent Dan Wenk extended sympathy to the Scott family in the news release, and said the event "must remind us all to follow the regulations and stay on the boardwalks when visiting Yellowstone's geyser basins."

Michael Wright can be reached at mwright@dailychronicle.com or at 582-2638. Follow him on Twitter @mj_wright1. 

Michael Wright covers the environment and wildlife issues for the Chronicle.

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