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.