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Portland man falls into hot spring, dies at Yellowstone National Park

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(AP Photo/Beth Harpaz, File). FILE - This September, 2009 file photo shows the Norris Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park, Wyo. (AP Photo/Beth Harpaz, File). FILE - This September, 2009 file photo shows the Norris Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park, Wyo.
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A Portland man died after falling into a hot spring at Yellowstone National Park.

Investigators said 23-year-old Colin Nathaniel Scott walked off the designated boardwalk at the Norris Geyser Basin on Tuesday afternoon and fell into a hot spring.

He was with his sister about 225 yards off the boardwalk near Pork Chop Geyser. Scott's sister reported the incident to park rangers.

Rangers confirmed Scott's death Tuesday evening. Rangers had to use extreme caution due to the hazards of the thermal area.

Crews worked to recover his body Wednesday. The search was later suspended, according to the Associated Press. 

"We extend our sympathy to the Scott family," said Superintendent Dan Wenk. "This tragic event must remind all of us to follow the regulations and stay on boardwalks when visiting Yellowstone's geyser basins."

The Norris Geyser Basin remains open, but visitors were told to anticipate temporary closures in the area until the investigation is complete.

The death is the second known thermal-related incident at the park during the 2016 summer season, according to officials. A father and son suffered burns in the Upper Geyser Basin after walking off the designated trail Saturday.

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