Foot found floating in Yellowstone National Park’s Abyss Pool

An investigation is underway after Yellowstone National Park employee found part of a foot in a shoe floating in the park’s Abyss Pool.

Evidence so far suggests an “incident involving one individual” occurred the morning of July 31, and the park’s law enforcement officers are working to determine the cause of death of the person.

Officials do no believe foul play was involved.

Abyss Pool, which is in the West Thumb Geiser Basin, has a depth of more than 50 feet and is one of the deepest hot springs in the Yellowstone, with a temperature of about 140 degrees.

“Visitors are reminded to stay on boardwalks and trails in thermal areas and exercise extreme caution around thermal features,” park officials said in a news release. “The ground in hydrothermal areas is fragile and thin, and there is scalding water just below the surface.”

Of other recent hot springs incidents at Yellowstone, a 20-year-old woman in October 2021 and a 19-year-old woman in September 2021 were injured in separate incidents.

And on June 8, 2016, a man in his early 20s walked off the designated boardwalk, slipped, and fell into a hot spring at the Norris Geyser Basin.

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