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Parents, son die after slipping into volcanic crater in Italy

14 September 2017, 01:23 | Myrtle Vega

The tragedy is believed to have unfolded when the 11-year-old walked into a prohibited area at Solfatara near Naples in the country's south west

The tragedy is believed to have unfolded when the 11-year-old walked into a prohibited area at Solfatara near Naples in the country's south west

Police said the Italian boy's parents tried to rescue him after he wandered off the path at the Solfatara Crater near Naples, and slipped.

The family of four had come to Naples from another part of Italy and they were exploring the sites when this bad accident took place.

This crater is located in the Phlegraen Fields where the ancient volcanic craters are frequently visited by Italian school children.

According to the Associated Press, the exact cause of death for all three is still unclear, but recent heavy rains might have contributed to increased openings in the fields' surface.

The family, from Turin in northern Italy, are understood to have fallen 5ft.

Three people reportedly died when they fell into a volcanic crater.

The couple's younger son, aged seven, survived after he ran to a nearby bar to seek assistance for his family.

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The three-metre-deep pit opened up as the mother and father followed their son, who is thought to have entered an area forbidden to visitors, and the bodies were later recovered by firefighters.

A witness to the incident told la Repubblica newspaper he saw the 7 year old crying and asking for help.

'I was at the Solfatara for work, along with other visitors we realised that something had happened and we approached the crater'.

"We tried to calm him, of course he was very shocked", Guerriero said. He expressed his "closeness from the community" to the family of the victims.

The tragedy took place in the Campi Flegrei area, which is situated west of Naples, Italy. He also suffocated on the toxic gasses emitted from the volcano.

Geologists monitor the area by checking temperatures and chemically analyzing gases.

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