Every day, we hear about people who almost died in order to get their picture taken. In many cases, some people did, in fact, die in their quest for the perfect selfie. However, recently, a woman broke the quarantine and ended up falling into a geyser in the USA. All because, she was eager to take a selfie at the Old Faithful geyser located in “Yellowstone National Park” in Wyoming.
According to IFL Science , Yellowstone Park has been closed since March 24, due to the current coronavirus pandemic . However, this was not enough to prevent the woman from illegally entering the park for a photo.
How far would you go for a selfie ?
As far as is known, the woman, who was not identified, was taking a series of photos in various geysers. Thus, in one of the photos, she ended up slipping and falling into one of the hot springs . After the incident, the woman still had to drive about 80 km to find forest guards. According to the report, the woman had severe burns and due to her condition, it was necessary to call a helicopter to help her.
It is still unclear how the woman actually suffered the accident. However, “due to her injuries, she was taken to the Burn Center at the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center,” said a park spokesperson.
‘Old Faithful’ is one of nearly 500 geysers located within Yellowstone Park. However, its fame comes from the constant eruptions that occur approximately every 60 to 110 minutes. Thus, the geyser is considered an obligatory tourist spot in the region. Also dubbed the “Clock of Eternity”, ‘Old Faithful’ releases a jet of water that reaches over 50 meters into the air.
The temperature of the water in a geyser varies according to the time of eruption. Thus, it can go from 5° to 115° Celsius. Anyway, due to the hot spring in the region, the woman was hit by high temperatures and therefore suffered severe burns.
It’s not the first time someone has tried to venture into a geyser in the US
Last year, a 21-year-old survived a crash involving ‘Old Faithful’. In another case, in September 2018, a video showing a man putting his hand in the geyser hole went viral on the internet . However, even though it was extremely dangerous, nothing happened to the man.
In 2016, a 23-year-old man fell into one of the parte’s swimming pools. However, unlike the others who were lucky, this man died and his body dissolved into the boiling water in less than a day.
‘Yellowstone National Park’ spans three different states: Idaho, Wyoming and Montana. Thus, each region has its own regulations during the coronavirus pandemic. while Montana and Idaho are announcing a partial reopening, Wyoming is following a similar path, but more slowly. “The objective of the park is to open it safely. Thereby ensuring that we take the right actions to reduce risks to our employees and visitors . That way, we can help local economies that will begin to recover,” Superintendent Cam Sholly announced in a statement.