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Family of three dies after falling into volcanic crater in Italy

Family of three dies after falling into volcanic crater in Italy

Three members of an Italian family died visiting a volcanic field Tuesday after an 11-year-old boy entered an off-limits area.

An 11-year-old boy is believed to have fallen into a hole at the Solfatara Crater, with his 42-year-old mother and 45-year-old father also falling in after attempting to save him.

Emergency crews were called to the scene, but they were not able to save the family.

This is published unedited from the IANS feed. It is not known if they died from the gas fumes or died of burns.

Eye-witness Diego Vitagliano told R.it Naples: 'I saw a child run crying, I did not think I was facing the worst tragedy of my life, I'm a father too.

"We tried to calm him, of course he was very shocked", he said of the 7-year-old boy who escaped.

Solfatara is a shallow volcanic crater at Pozzuoli close to Naples and part of the Campi Flegrei volcanic area. They have determined that the fields have risen by about 12in over a decade. They pulled out two bodies, then pulled us away.

Pozzuoli's mayor, Vincenzo Figliolia, said he was in "deep pain" over the tragedy, according to La Repubblica.

"I express my closeness from the community of Pozzuoli to the family of the victims".

The family are believed to have died from inhaling the extremely hot, gaseous fumes emitted by the volcano.

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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