On the quiet morning of July 20, 1981, when a 24-year-old guy David Allen Kirwan from La Cañada was driving through Yellowstone’s Fountain Paint Pot thermal area in California, along with his friend Ronald Ratliff and Ratliff’s dog Moosie, they had never thought that they would soon meet with the most bizarre fate of their life.
After reaching the destination at the mid of the day, they parked their truck to get out for a closer exploration at the hot springs. Eventually, when they walked a little distance away from their truck, in all of a sudden, Moosie escaped from the truck, running towards only to jump into the nearby Celestine Pool – a thermal spring whose water temperature is measured at over 200°F – then began to yelping.
They rushed over to the pool to aid their dog in trouble, and Kirwan’s attitude was indicating he was about to go into the hot spring after it. According to the seers, several people including his friend tried to warn Kirwan off by yelling at him not to jump in, but he shouted with unrest, “Like hell I won’t!”, then he took his two steps into the pool and shortly dove his head-first into the boiling spring!
Kirwan swam and reached to the dog and attempted to take it to shore; after that, he disappeared underwater, after letting go of the dog he tried to climb himself out of the spring. Ratliff helped to pull Kirwan out of the hot spring, resulting in severe burns to his own feet. While other bystanders led Kirwan to a nearby open-place, trying to provide him with some comfort until the ambulance was come. At that time, he was reportedly muttering, “That was stupid. How bad am I? That was a stupid thing I did.”
Kirwan was indeed in very bad appearance. His eyes were whitish and blind, the hair of his head was dropping itself, and when a park visitor tried to remove one of his shoes, his skin – which had already started to peel everywhere – had come off with it. He underwent a third-degree burn to 100% of his body. After spending some distressful hours, in the next morning, he died at a Salt Lake City hospital and Moosie did not even survive.