Boy, 11, and parents killed falling into volcanic crater

Posted September 13, 2017

An 11-year-old boy and his parents died Tuesday after the child fell into a volcanic field in Pozzuoli, Italy.

The boy slipped after breaching a fence surrounding the Solfatara Crater in Pozzuoli and his parents followed in an attempt to rescue their son, police said.

Three members of the same family have died after falling into a volcanic crater in Italy.

An 11-year-old boy had wandered into a prohibited area and fell into a crater at Solfatara di Pozzuoli, one of 40 volcanoes in the Campi Flegrei area west of Naples, The Guardian reported, citing Italian press reports.

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

Some witnesses said they were pulled away after the 7-year-old tried to find someone to help his family, the Daily Mail reported.

The couple's second son, aged seven-years-old, managed to get to safety.

Emergency crews were said to have arrived within minutes of the tragedy.

"I saw a child run crying, I did not think I was facing the worst tragedy of my life, I'm a father, too", eyewitness Diego Vitagliano told La Repubblica.

It is a dormant volcano, but still emits jets of steam with sulfurous fumes and is part of the Campi Flegrei volcanic area.

"I've been here for a long time and such a mischance has never happened", Armando Guerriero, proprietor of a bar situated close to the passage to the spring of gushing lava, told the ANSA news office.

"We tried to calm him", he said.

The site was formed around 4,000 years ago and last erupted in 1198 AD.