Family die after falling into volcanic crater in Italy

Saul Bowman
September 13, 2017

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.

THREE members of the same family have died after falling into a 1000C volcanic crater near Naples, Italy.

Italian reports identified them as Massimiliano Carrer, Tiziana Zaramella and their son, Lorenzo.

The family, originally from Turin but living near Venice, were on a visit to the tourist site. Then the boy's 42-year-old mother tried to save them and she was overcome by the quicksand-like substance.

An 11-year-old Italian boy and his parents have died after tumbling into a muddy, gaseous cravasse which opened up at the volcanic crater they were visiting near Naples.

A 7-year-old son who remained behind the barrier watched in horror as the tragedy unfolded.

Pozzuoli's mayor, Vincenzo Figliolia, said he was in "deep pain" over the tragedy, according to La Repubblica. I continue to think about that family and that poor boy crying and asking for help'.

It is a dormant volcano, but still emits jets of steam with sulfurous fumes and is part of the Campi Flegrei volcanic area. "I express my closeness from the community of Pozzuoli to the victims' family", he said.

"I've been here for forty years and such an accident has never happened", Armando Guerriero, owner of a nearby bar, told ANSA.

The boy's parents tried to save him but the crater collapsed, The Guardian wrote.

Solfatara's crater fields are scorching hot only a few inches below the surface and last erupted in 1198, the Daily Mail said.

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