11-Year-Old Boy and His Parents Die After Falling Into Volcanic Crater in Italy

The coffins of three people who died when they fell into a crater in a steamy volcanic field in Pozzuoli, near Naples, Italy, are carried away Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. Italian news reports say an 11-year-old Italian boy and his parents died in a steamy volcanic field near Naples. ANSA said the parents tried to rescue the boy after he entered an off-limits area at the Solfatara Crater in Pozzuoli, and was overcome by gases, losing consciousness. (Ciro Fusco/ANSA via AP) ORG XMIT: POZ106

An 11-year-old boy died after he fell into a volcanic crater in Italy and his parents also died when they tried to help him, police said.

The incident happened Tuesday at the Solfatara Crater in Pozzuoli, a popular tourist attraction near Naples.

Naples police told CNN the family of four was visiting from Turin, and the 11-year-old boy wandered into an area that is off-limits to visitors.

The Solfatara, a dormant volcano, emits sulfurous fumes. The area around it is known for a type of quicksand, which makes the ground unstable.

It’s not known if the boy lost consciousness because of the fumes or if the quicksand pulled him in. But when his parents tried to rush to his rescue, they too were were sucked in, police said.

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SOURCE: CNN, Valentina Di Donato