An 11-year-old boy and his parents have died after falling into the crater of a volcano in Italy.
The incident happened at Solfatara of Pozzuoli, one of 40 volcanoes in the Campi Flegrei area west of Naples, when the boy walked into an area off-limits to visitors.
“The child strayed beyond safety barriers and was swallowed up by the pit, plunging into boiling hot mud,” The Daily Telegraph reports.
“When the boy went into the quicksand, his father tried to help him and fell into the pit. His mother went to their aid and all three are thought to have become trapped and lost consciousness because of poisonous gases,” the BBC says.
The couple’s younger son, aged seven, survived after he ran to a nearby bar to seek assistance for his family.
“He saw his parents and brother falling into the crater,” bar owner Armando Guerriero told The Guardian. “He didn’t know whether they were alive or dead. He was crying and calling his mother’s name.”
Rescue workers have recovered all three bodies, and an investigation into the incident continues.