A man was severely burned after he fell into a hot spring by Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming Sunday, the National Park Service announced.
Cade Edmond Siemers, 48, told park rangers he tripped into the thermal water around the geyser after walking away from the boardwalk.
“The ground in hydrothermal areas is fragile and thin, and there is scalding water just below the surface,” the NPS said in a statement. The Yellowstone website warns visitors to never stray from the boardwalk.
The geyser erupts every one or two hours, according to the NPS. The scalding water can reach as high as 203 degrees.
Siemers was able to walk back to his hotel and call for help. He was transported by ambulance to West Yellowstone Airport and flown to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idahol Falls and admitted to the burn center.
He was listed in critical condition Monday, the hospital told CNN.
As Siemers recovers, he may find himself in more hot water.
Park rangers suspect he may have been drinking and found a beer can and one of his shoes, along with footprints to and from the geyser.
The National Park Service said it would forward the findings of their investigation to the US Attorney’s Office for possible charges against Siemers if there was any damage to Old Faithful.
Siemers is luckier than previous visitors to the geyser.
An Oregon man fell into a hot spring after similarly walking off of the boardwalk and fell into 212-degree water in 2016. His body was not recovered.