Woman Falls Into Boiling Geyser While Taking A Selfie After Breaking Into Closed-Down Yellowstone

Reckless behavior combined with the urge to garner likes on social media is often a recipe for disaster — and a disaster is exactly what happened at Yellowstone National Park this week when a woman, eager to take a selfie with Old Faithful, fell into a geyser after illegally entering the park.

According to IFL Science, Yellowstone has been closed since March 24 due to state-mandated coronavirus lockdowns, but this was not enough to stop one overzealous selfie-hunter from breaking in anyway.

The woman, who remains unidentified, was “backing up and taking photos” with various geysers, likely positioning herself for a selfie when she slipped and fell into one of the hot springs. The woman subsequently drove about 50 miles with severe burns before she finally came into contact with park rangers who called in a helicopter.

A spokesperson for the park confirmed the woman’s accident: “Due to her injuries, she was life-flighted to the Burn Center at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center.”

It is unclear whether she fell into the famous Old Faithful or some other thermal feature.