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Couple, son killed at volcanic crater near Naples

12 Septembre 2017

An 11-year-old boy has died and his parents were also killed as they tried to save him from a volcanic crater in Italy.

The 11-year-old son is thought to have been overcome by poisonous gas from the volcano after going too close to the crater.

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

It adds Lorenzo is likely to have fainted due to the gas fumes emitted by the crater and fallen into the boiling hot mud surrounding it when his parents were trying to save him.

Emergency crews rushed to the scene, but were unable to save the family.

Firefighters and police officers stand by an ambulance on the site where three people reportedly died when they fell into a crater in a steamy volcanic field in Pozzuoli near Naples Italy Tuesday Sept. 12 2017. Italian news reports say an 11-year-old
Related Image Expand Collapse Three people reportedly died when they fell into a volcanic crater

One eyewitness said the boy had earlier crossed a safety barrier warning visitors not to approach the steaming crater.

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

"They pulled out two bodies, then pulled us away".

A dormant volcano that last erupted in 1198, it has a shallow crater and is known for its sulphurous fumes and emissions of steam.

Of Alessio's cries for help, he added: "I think of that family and that poor baby crying and asking for help".

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Couple, son killed at volcanic crater near Naples