Teen Yellowstone employee suffers third-degree burns at iconic geyser, officials say
A 19-year-old was badly burned by an iconic geyser in Yellowstone National Park, officials said.
Park rangers helped the woman at Old Faithful Thursday. She had second and third degree burns on more than 5% of her body, park rangers said.
The woman was from Rhode Island and worked as a concessionaire in the park.
"Because of the injuries, the patient was taken to West Yellowstone in an ambulance and then flown to the Burn Center at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center for life," park rangers said in a press release.
The incident is being investigated and park officials did not say whether the woman walked on the geyser or left the boardwalks before she was burned.
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People from around the world travel to Yellowstone to see Old Faithful, the National Park Service said. The geyser made Yellowstone the world's first national park.
It is one of nearly 500 geysers in the park.
"The soil in hydrothermal areas is fragile and thin, and there is boiling water just below the surface," said Ranger. "Everyone must always stay on promenades and paths and exercise extreme caution with thermal features."
The burn of the woman is the first "significant injury in a thermal area" this year.
In Yellowstone, people were seriously injured when they fell into the water.
In 2016, an Oregon man may have broken up after trying to take a dip in a hot spring area. Workers could not find any remains, and park rangers believe he has dissolved from the dangerously hot water, the Associated Press reported.
Last fall, a 48-year-old man was hospitalized with "severe burns to a significant part of his body" after falling into boiling water near the Old Faithful geyser, McClatchy News reported.
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