A 20-year-old Washington woman suffered severe burns to 90 percent of her body after jumping into a 190F hot spring at Yellowstone National Park to rescue her dog.
Laiha and her father, Woodraw Slayton, visited the national park and stationed their vehicle 30 yards from the Firehole River.
According to Laiha’s sister Kamilla, Chevy and Rusty’s dogs started wandering the area while Laiha was unpacking their vehicle.
Rusty, the dog, got his foot burned by a hot geyser, panicked, and fell into the water.
Laiha instinctively jumped into the thermal hot spring to rescue her puppy but then had to be rescued herself by her father.
The Tacoma, Washington native suffered third-degree burns from shoulder to feet.
According to a statement by park officials, Laiha was airlifted to Eastern Idaho Regional Center for emergency treatment.
Her father, Woodrow, also required burn treatment, but his injuries were not as severe.
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Rusty, the puppy, was taken to a nearby veterinarian but succumbed to his injuries.
Yellowstone National Park officials posted about the incident on their Facebook page and warned visitors to stay away from the hot springs.
Their post read: ‘The ground in hydrothermal areas is fragile and thin, and scalding water is just below the surface. Everyone must remain on boardwalks and trails and exercise extreme caution around thermal features.