Man likely dead after falling into Yellowstone Park geyser

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Castle Geyser in Upper Geyser Basin; Jim Peaco; June 2012; Catalog #18837d; Original #IMG_4553

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK — A man has fallen into Norris Geyser Basin at Yellowstone Nation Park.

Yellowstone park officials say a witness reported a man in his early 20s walked off the boardwalk and fell into a hot spring, according to a park news release.

At this time, rangers are treating the incident as a probable fatality because the victim has not been located. Park officials say rangers are using extreme caution as they respond given the hazards of the thermal area.

The incident occurred approximately 225 yards off the boardwalk, according to a news release.

As a result of the incident the Norris Geyser Basin is currently closed to the public

Park officials say the investigation is ongoing and no further information will be available Tuesday.

By EastIdahoNews.com staff