A volcanic crater swallows three members of a family near Naples (Italy)

Three members of the same family died Tuesday in a small volcanic crater in an area known as Campi Flegrei, near Naples, southern Italy.

The family, according to the first reconstruction of the event, fell in the boiling mire of the solfatara of Pozzuoli, a volcanic zone located near the Neapolitan capital in which there are dozens of small craters.

Apparently it was a couple of tourists coming from the north of Italy and his son, of eleven years, could have crossed the rope that limited the area for visitors in that zone.

It is still unknown in detail how the event happened, but local media reports that the parents of the child could have tried to rescue him and all of them died as a result either of toxic emanations or of being engulfed by mud.

Local media of the city, moreover known for its proximity to the volcano Vesubio, identify the victims as Massimiliano Carrer, 45, his wife, Tiziana Zampella, 42, and son, Lorenzo.

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