Two highly dangerous incidents, apparently featuring the same man, were caught on video at Yellowstone National Park, WY last week. The first video shows a man walking on Old Faithful geyser in Yellowstone National Park, while the second shows him sitting near Beryl Spring.
In the first incident that was posted online, the unidentified man can be seen standing close to the center of the geyser, and even lays down at one point, while park staff are clearly heard yelling at him to back away and get on the boardwalk.
Ashley Lemanski, who shot the first video, said everyone was absolutely terrified as they didn’t know if the man was going to jump in or not; everyone just stood in shock watching him.
Lemanski told MTN News the man walked toward the parking lot and was followed by a park ranger where he was quickly arrested:
“They had him on the ground for several minutes, first laying and then sitting, in handcuffs, and then took him to the back of the SUV cop car,” Lemanski said. “He was back there for the remainder of our time at the park, about 30 minutes. We didn’t see if they drove him off or not.”
In the second video, posted later by Kelly Kosciuk who was visiting the park with her family on Friday, shows a man near Beryl Spring, heading south from Mammoth Hot Springs, about 40 miles from Old Faithful. Kosciuk says everyone around her, including family members and visitors, were yelling at him to get out.
The Yellowstone website states: “Stay on boardwalks and trails in thermal areas. Hot springs have injured or killed more people in Yellowstone than any other natural feature. ”
This is one of three notable incidents that have grabbed attention recently in Yellowstone National Park. Raymond Reinke was sentenced to 130 days in jail after he was caught on video taunting a bison in August, and just this weekend an elk knocked down a visitor who was standing alongside the road.