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Family dies after falling into volcanic crater in Italy

Family dies after falling into volcanic crater in Italy

Police said the boy apparently slipped after he breached a fence surrounding the prohibited area at the Solfatara Crater in Pozzuoli.

The boy's 45-year-old father attempted to pull him up and was sucked into hot mud, ANSA reported.

The 42-year-old mum then went to his rescue - and suffered the same fate.

Three family members including an 11-year-old boy have died after falling into a volcanic crater in Italy.

Their seven-year-old son did not enter the crater and survived. According to Repubblica, the seven-year-old is now being looked after by a psychologist.




A local worker who was near the accident, Diego Vitagliano, told the BBC that it was "the worst thing he had seen in his life".

Authorities said it wasn't immediately clear if the family was overcome by gases or molten lava in the area, The Associated Press reported.

'I was at the Solfatara for work, along with other visitors we realised that something had happened and we approached the crater.

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.

While the Phlegraean Fields are privately run, geologists monitor the area round the clock, checking temperatures and chemically analyzing gases.


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