Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
World News | By Carolyn Briggs

Family of three die after falling into volcanic crater in Italy

Family of three die after falling into volcanic crater in Italy

Police said the parents were trying to rescue the boy after he entered an off-limits area at the Solfatara Crater in Pozzuoli and slipped.

The three tourists from northern Italy died at the Solfatara volcanic crater at Pozzuoli, one of a number that sit atop the giant magma chamber making up the Phlegraen Fields.

A 7-year-old boy is the sole surviving member of a family that was wiped out in a horrific accident near Naples, Italy, on Tuesday.

The family were visiting the Solfatara crater at Campi Flegrei (Burning Fields) about 30km east of Naples, when they fell into the crater, killing the parents and their 11 year old son.

The couple's second son, aged seven-years-old, managed to get to safety.

Their seven year old son was also with them but stayed behind the barrier while his parents rushed to help his brother.

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The father ran to his aid when the ground gave way beneath him.

The family are believed to have died from inhaling the extremely hot, gaseous fumes emitted by the volcano.

Emergency crews were said to have arrived within minutes of the tragedy. A tragedy, they pulled out two bodies, then pulled us away. "I express my closeness from the community of Pozzuoli to the victims' family", he said.

"I've been here for a long time and such a mischance has never happened", Armando Guerriero, proprietor of a bar situated close to the passage to the spring of gushing lava, told the ANSA news office.

It was formed around 4,000 years ago - and last erupted in 1198.

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