Outdoors

Man found dead in Olympic National Park hot springs

Olympic Hot Springs in Olympic National Park is closed after a man was found deceased in the natural pool, the park announced Tuesday afternoon.

Rangers responded Monday to a report of a fatality in the Elwha Valley hot springs. Rangers found Bruce Gunderson, a 61-year-old from Silverdale, deceased in the pool. Nearby Boulder Creek Campground will remain open.

Natural causes are suspected, but the incident is under investigation.

“Although use of Olympic Hot Springs has always been at the discretion and risk of the visitor, we have closed the pools until further notice due to public health and safety concerns following this tragic incident,” Olympic National Park Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum said in a prepared statement.

A statement released by the park states, “Olympic Hot Springs are natural, unmaintained hot water seeps located approximately 2.5 miles from the Boulder Creek Trailhead in the Elwha Valley. The pools are in a wilderness area and not tested or treated by the park.”

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