Despite the on-going coronavirus pandemic, there is no limit to the things people do to garner likes on social media.
A surprising example of such is the story of a woman who fell into a geyser at Yellowstone National Park after sneaking in to take a selfie with Old Faithful.
IFL science revealed that Yellowstone had closed its gate to people since March 24th in compliance with the U.S COVID-19 lockdown, but this enthusiastic selfie hunter, in a bid to satisfy her desires, breached the gates to take pictures.
Park spokesperson Morgan Warthin stated that this woman, whose name is yet to be released, was backing up and taking selfies with different geysers when she slipped and fell into one of the hot springs where hot gases emerge.
According to the park spokeswoman Linda Veress, she must have positioned herself for a selfie before stumbling into the hole.
Despite suffering severe burns, this woman managed to drive for nearly 50 miles (80 kilometeres) before coming in contact with a park ranger who stopped her near Mammoth Hot Springs.
Once the ranger realized the critical condition in which she was in, a helicopter was called in to airlift her to a hospital in Idaho Falls, Idaho.
While confirming the accident, a spokesperson for the Park revealed:
“Due to her injuries, she was life-flighted to the Burn Centre at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Centre.”
How Magnifying Is Yellowstone?
Despite its beauty, Yellowstone can be a dreadful place for anyone who strays from the designated boardwalks, defined trails, or patrolling rangers in the parks.
With the Park sitting on a geothermal hot spot that is filled with hot springs, steam vents, and mud pots, Yellowstone holds the world’s most extraordinary collection of thermal features.
Anyone who strays from the Park’s boardwalk or trail risks stumbling into boiling acidic water or breaking through thin surface crusts.
Out of its nearly 500 geysers, Old Faithful is considered a must-see for everyone. This Eternity Timepiece is known for its routine eruption that occurs every 60-110 minutes.
Asides its unceasing eruption, what is more, surprising is the fact that the stream can stretch more than 180 feet into the air.