Year Old Teenager and His Family Dead in Volcanic Field in Italy

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

Local media reports say the 11-year-old crossed a safety barrier before falling into the crater.

Their seven year old son was also with them but stayed behind the barrier while his parents rushed to help his brother.

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

Three family members including an 11-year-old boy have died after falling into a volcanic crater in Italy.

"Either there was a small explosion, or the ground simply gave way from their weight, and they fell into this hole", national fire brigade spokesman Luca Cari said.

The couple has a 7-year-old son, who survived.

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"I saw a child run crying, I did not think I was facing the worst tragedy of my life", said eye witness Diego Vitagliano.

The Solfatara crater is a dormant volcano which still emits jets of steam filled with sulfurous fumes. It was a tragedy; they pulled out two bodies, then pulled us away.

The child is said to be in a state of shock and has been asking for his parents.

"I've been here for 40 years and such an accident has never happened", Armando Guerriero, owner of the bar, said to ANSA. The boy's parents tried to save him, but the crater collapsed.

Heavy rain in the area may have played a part in creating more holes on the volcanic crater's surface.

The crater is located in the Phlegraen Fields, a sprawling constellation of ancient volcanic craters frequented by Italian school children and tourists from around the world.

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