Family Dies in Volcanic Crater in Italy

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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 east of Naples.

Some witnesses said they were pulled away after the 7-year-old tried to find someone to help his family, the Daily Mail reported.

The family lived near Venice and is originally from Turin.

A family of three reportedly died after falling into a volcano crater near Naples, Italy, it was reported this week.

The boy slipped after breaching a fence surrounding the Solfatara Crater in Pozzuoli and his parents followed in an attempt to rescue their son, police said.

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

A volcanologist suggested that heavy rainfall in recent days could have caused more openings in the Earth's crust that emit steam and gases.

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Eyewitness Diego Vitagliano, a worker at the site, said: 'I saw a child run crying, I did not think I was facing the worst tragedy of my life.

The boy's parents tried to save him but the crater collapsed, The Guardian wrote.

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

The Independent reported that the volcanic crater is in the Phlegraen Fields and that the fields are scorching hot only a few inches below the surface.

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