Italian couple and 11-yr-old son die after falling into volcanic crater

2017-09-13 02:56:37 GMT2017-09-13 10:56:37(Beijing Time) Agencies

An Italian couple and their 11-year-old son died Tuesday after falling into a shallow volcanic crater near the southern city of Naples, local officials said.

The family of four -- including a seven-year-old boy who survived -- were visiting Solfatara, one of the main attractions at the popular Campi Flegrei ("Burning Fields") volcanic tourist area, about 30 kilometres (20 miles) east of Naples.

The three fell into a pit that opened up as the parents tried to save their son The three fell into a pit that opened up as the parents tried to save their son
The three fell into a pit that opened up as the parents tried to save their son The three fell into a pit that opened up as the parents tried to save their son
The three fell into a pit that opened up as the parents tried to save their son The three fell into a pit that opened up as the parents tried to save their son
The three fell into a pit that opened up as the parents tried to save their son The three fell into a pit that opened up as the parents tried to save their son

"We are still trying to understand what happened," a Campi Flegrei park official told AFP by telephone. "They crossed the security barriers and fell into the hole".

According to media reports, the 11-year-old boy was the first to fall after crossing the barriers. His father, then his mother, both fell in as they tried to rescue him. Authorities believe they died from inhaling gas fumes.

Only the seven-year-old stayed behind the barriers and was found suffering from shock.

The Campi Flegrei is an area with more than 30 volcanic craters, whose possible eruptions worry scientists.

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