Three die after falling into Italian volcano

Three die after falling into Italian volcano

Three die after falling into Italian volcano

Police believe the child along with his two parents died after entering an closed off area at the Solfatara crater in Pozzuoli, near Naples. The father, 45, died while attempting to rescue them. When the boy's 42-year-old mother tried to save her husband, she was also sucked in.

But the ground gave way and he fell into a 5ft crater where he was overcome by the noxious gases being emitted from the volcano.

The tragic youngster crossed a safety barrier before tumbling into the Solfatara Crater at Pozzuoli, near Naples, Italy. It was inside a fenced-off area'.

The couple's 7-year-old son didn't go into the hole and ran into a nearby bar asking for help.

The lad slipped into the volcanic crater before his parents fell in trying to save him.

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According to the Associated Press, the exact cause of death for all three is still unclear, but recent heavy rains might have contributed to increased openings in the fields' surface. "I was at the Solfatara for work, along with other visitors when we realized that something had happened and we approached the crater, I did not imagine what I would see".

Their bodies were retrieved a short time later before being placed in body bags and being taken away by an ambulance. He expressed his "closeness from the community" to the family of the victims.

"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.

The crater sits in the Phlegraen Fields, an area full of about 40 ancient volcanic craters.

The volcano hasn't erupted for hundreds of years but has shallow craters that emit risky sulphurous fumes as well as steam.

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