A 3-year-old child fell into scalding water at a hot spring site in Yellowstone National Park on Friday morning and is being treated for second-degree burns.
A statement was issued by the National Park Service saying that the child took off running from the trail, slipped, and fell into a small thermal feature. As per the doctors’ description, the second-degree burns are concentrated on the lower body and back regions of the child’s body.
The child had been flown to the burn unit at the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Centre.
The Yellowstone had been inaugurated in the year 1872 and covers almost 3,500 square miles. This place is famous for its geysers and hot springs.
The grounds around these features have been described by officials as “breakable crust”. Though, this has been the second incident where someone has been injured by the scalding water at this park.
The first incident happened in March when a woman fell into the Old Faithful accidentally when she was trying to take a picture. This woman had also entered the park illegally when the park was closed during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Yellowstone National Park has always mentioned stressing on the importance of remaining on boardwalks and trails. They advise parents to keep their children close and prevent them from running during their time at the park.
A warning on the park’s website says, “Hot springs have injured or killed more people in Yellowstone than any other natural feature”.