A 48-year-old man told park rangers at Yellowstone National Park that he tripped into a hot spring near Old Faithful Geyser. The man suffered severe thermal burns and was transported to a burn unit via plane. Park rangers are now investigating the matter, but his story doesn’t match the evidence.
Cade Edmond Siemers, a U.S. citizen who lives in India, claimed he went for a late-night walk and didn’t bring a flashlight, As a result, the 48-year-old tripped and fell into the 200 plus degree geyser, according to his account.
Somehow, the man was able to pull himself out of the scolding water and walk all the way back to his hotel room to call for paramedics. Due to bad weather at the park, he was flown by plane rather than a helicopter to a burn center in Idaho, NBC News reported.
The following morning park rangers went to the scene of the incident and discovered Siemers’ shoe, hat and beer can near the geyser he fell into. In addition, footprints leading to the geyser were found as well, Fox News reported.
By Siemers’ account, he claimed he tripped into the scolding water, but rangers found “evidence” he had been drinking that night. Beer cans were found littered in the man’s hotel room as well. It’s entirely possible he was drunk and walked into it.
With rangers leaning towards the conclusion that he was drunk when the incident happened, the park service issued a statement proclaiming that the man could face legal issues if he damaged the geyser.
“Investigations continue today, including assessing any damage to the geyser cone,” the issued Monday said. “The results of the investigation will be forwarded to the United States Attorney’s Office for prosecutorial review.”
This isn’t the first time someone has taken an inadvertent plunge into a geyser. In 2016, a man died after he fell off the boardwalk into a geyser. His body was not recovered due to the water exceeding 212 degrees, CNN reported.