Family die after falling into volcanic crater in Italy

Family die after falling into volcanic crater in Italy

Three people have died in an accident at a volcanic crater in Pozzuoli, a city outside of Naples, Italy.

An 11-year-old boy and his parents have died after falling into a volcanic crater near Naples, Italy.

Details are sketchy, but the Daily Mail reported that Italian tourist Massimiliano Carrer, 45, attempted to save his son, Lorenzo, and fell into the crater when the ground gave way.

The boy's 42-year-old mother was also sucked in.

Local media reported the 11-year-old first crossed the fence and fell into the crater.

He described the scene at the site Tuesday.

"The area was fenced. When the two combine, they form an overwhelming cloud of sulfuric acid, which can render a person unconscious within mere moments".

According to reports, it was the last day of the family's holiday before their sons were supposed to head back to school the next day.

"I'm distraught by what happened at the Solfatara volcano", Pozzuoli Mayor Vincenzo Figliolia said following the discovery. He expressed his "closeness from the community" to the family of the victims.

The longtime-owner of a nearby bar said he had never witnessed a similar incident.

The young survivor was reportedly brought to the bar after his family members were killed. His parents climbed in after to try and save him but died in the process.

The couple's second son, 7, managed to escape to safety.

"We tried to calm him, of course he was very shocked", he said of the 7-year-old boy who escaped. "He was asking for his family members", he added. He was placed in the custody of social workers until his grandparents arrived. The fields are scorching hot only a few inches below the surface.

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

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