The Latest: Oregon man dies in Yellowstone hot spring

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Posted: Jun 08, 2016 3:29 PM

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — The Latest on the death of man who fell into a hot spring at Yellowstone National Park. (all times local):

1 p.m.

Officials say an Oregon man has died after leaving a boardwalk in a geyser basin at Yellowstone National Park and falling into a hot spring.

Rangers were attempting to recover the body of 23-year old Colin Nathaniel Scott on Wednesday.

Park officials say the Portland man's sister was with Scott and said that he fell into a hot spring Tuesday afternoon, about 225 yards off a boardwalk in the Norris Geyser Basin.

Officials say they confirmed Scott's death but were using extreme caution in their efforts to recover his body.

The accident occurred in an area where boiling water flows just beneath the earth's crust.

Days earlier, a 13-year-old boy was burned in a different hot spring in Yellowstone.

At least 21 people are known to have died from hot-spring injuries in or near Yellowstone.

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9:35 a.m.

Rangers are navigating a dangerous landscape where boiling water flows beneath a fragile rock crust as they search for a man who reportedly fell into a hot spring at Yellowstone National Park.

Officials said Wednesday that the safety of park personnel was a top concern during the search in the popular Norris Geyser Basin.

Spokeswoman Morgan Warthin says authorities consider the witness who reported the man's fall Tuesday to be credible. The man is presumed dead.

Days earlier, a 13-year-old boy was burned when his father, who had been carrying him, slipped into a different hot spring in Yellowstone.

The Norris basin is a popular attraction in the nation's first national park, which received a record 4.1 million visitors last year. Warthin says the basin is closed pending the search.