Family Falls in Volcanic Crater, Dies

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — A holiday excursion to a volcanic area near Naples, Italy ended in tragedy for one family.

An 11-year-old boy and his two parents died after falling into a hole at the Solfatara Crater.

Local media reports the boy had wandered past a safety barrier.

His parents were attempting to save him when the ground around them collapsed, causing them to tumble several feet into the pit as well.

Emergency teams rushed to the site but were unable to save the family.

The couple also had a 7-year-old son who did not fall into the pit and made it to safety.

The exact cause of death has yet to be released. Authorities, however, said the crater was full of both toxic fumes and boiling hot mud.

The Solfatara Crater is located in the Phlegraen Fields, a volcanic area which is a popular destination for both Italian and foreign tourists.