A 3-year-old girl fell into scorching hot water Saturday at Yellowstone National Park after she ran from a trail, park officials said.
The child suffered second-degree thermal burns after slipping and falling into a thermal feature.
She was transported via life-flight to the Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center’s burn center to treat burns to her back and lower body, National Park Services said.
The incident occurred at about 11:39 a.m. close to the Midway Geyser Basin.
Neither the girl nor her family has been identified. An update on her condition has not been released.
Park services said this is the second significant injury involving a thermal features to occur at Yellowstone this year. It follows an incident in May in which a man who had unlawfully entered the park fell into the famed Old Faithful geyser.
A man died in 2016 after falling into a hot spring near the Norris Geyser Basin, the NPS said.
Officials warn that park visitors should remain on the trails and boardwalks near the thermal features, which have a “fragile and thin” layer of ground that sits atop the hot water.
“Hot springs have injured or killed more people in Yellowstone than any other natural feature,” reads a portion of the safety guidelines page on NPS website.
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