People Die After Falling into Volcanic Crater

The parents and their child fell into a shallow volcano crater in Italy after crossing the security barrier. The family were visiting the Solfatara crater at Campi Flegrei about 30km east of Naples when they fell into the crater killing

The mother and father reportedly rushed to their son's aid and were sucked into the crater, where they perished alongside their son, Naples police told CNN.

Lorenzo is believed to have fainted as a result of inhaling toxic fumes before he fell into the crater. Then the boy's 42-year-old mother tried to save them and she was overcome by the quicksand-like substance.

According to an initial reconstruction by the Campania Civil Protection Department the victims fell into a pit of boiling mud.

A couple and their 11-year-old son have fallen to their death in a volcanic crater in Italy as their seven-year-old boy stood nearby, it has emerged. We realized that something had happened and we approached the crater. I did not imagine that I would have seen such. It was inside a fenced-off area'.

Eyewitness Diego Vitagliano, a worker at the site, said: 'I saw a child run crying, I did not think I was facing the worst tragedy of my life.




"I've been here for 40 years and such an accident has never happened", Armando Guerriero, owner of the bar, said to ANSA.

The 7-year-old was brought to his establishment after the tragedy. He and staff members tried to calm the boy who repeatedly requested for his parents. "Of course he was in shock". His grandparents were expected to arrive in the afternoon.

A family of three reportedly died after falling into a volcano crater near Naples, Italy, it was reported this week.

Near Naples, it's part of the Campi Flegrei volcanic area.

Its name comes from Latin term, Sulpha terra, or "land of sulfur", or "sulfur earth".

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