An 11-year-old boy and his parents have died after falling into a volcanic crater near Naples.
It is still unknown if there was a small explosion, or the ground simply gave way from their weight, and they fell into this hole.
The boy walked into a prohibited area at Solfatara di Pozzuoli, one of 40 volcanoes in the Campi Flegrei area west of Naples at about 11am on Tuesday.
He has most probably fainted due to gas fumes before falling into the crater. The boy’s parents tried to save him, but the crater collapsed. Their bodies were found in a three-metre (10ft) crater.
Their other child, aged seven, survived because he had left the scene in search of help. He saw his parents and brother falling into the crater.
He didn’t know whether they were alive or dead. He was crying and calling his mother’s name. Terrifying!
It is still unknown if there was a small explosion, or the ground simply gave way from their weight, and they fell into this hole. Firefighters believe they have died from asphyxia.
Even if not erupting, the Campi Flegrei is deadly. Becareful when wlking on ‘dormant’ volcanoes.