Man Falls Into Hot Spring at Yellowstone National Park

He was 23-years-old.

The client was rescued by other guides with the private California company called Oars. Tuesday's incident remains under investigation.

A Life Flight landed to assist, but Conant was pronounced dead before takeoff.

The client was saved by the other guides and was taken to the park clinic to be treated for hypothermia.

The pressure and composition of the water underground mean the hot springs in the park are roiling with superheated water, and routinely exceed the boiling point at that elevation, which is 199 degrees Fahrenheit (92 degrees Celsius), according to Yellowstonepark.com.

Yellowstone Superintendent Dan Wenk said in a statement that the park's thermal features are risky, and the ground nearby is fragile and thin, with scalding water just beneath the surface.

"Yellowstone's thermal features are risky", said park superintendent Dan Wenk. Conant was originally from Anchorage, Alaska, and had moved to Utah to attend college, he said. He worked for O.A.R.S., a company that has offered non-motorized boat tours in the lake since 1996.

This April 30, 2014, photo provided by the National Park Service shows the Lower Geyser Basin in Wyoming's Mammoth Hot Springs. The most recent was in 1997 when two people died while canoeing. The US Geological Survey says the 4.5 magnitude quake occurred at 6:48 p.m., about 8 miles northeast of West Yellowstone.

In parts of the basin, the ground is thin and brittle with scalding hot mineral springs flowing just below the surface.

A21-year-old man is in critical but stable condition after falling into a hot spring at Yellowstone National Park. Park staff provided immediate medical assistance and transported the patient via ambulance to the airport in West Yellowstone.

  • Zachary Reyes