An 11 year old boy was visiting the famed Solfatara, a dormant volcano near Naples, with his family, but wandered into an out of bounds area, witnesses saying he crossed a safety barrier.
While it is not yet known whether the young boy was consumed by a type of quicksand or lost consciousness because of the fumes, his parents died attempting to come to his aid, local police told CNN.
According to officials, when the boy’s parents tried to save their son, the crater’s base collapsed and they both fell.
The exact cause of death is yet to be determined.
A 7 year old bo, believed to their son and brother survived.
“I've been here for 40 years and such an accident has never happened," Armando Guerriero, owner of a bar located near the entrance to the volcano, told the ANSA news agency.
The Solfatara crater, while popular with tourists, still emits jets of steam filled with sulfurous fumes. It last erupted in 1198, News Corp reported.
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