An 11-year-old boy and his parents died Tuesday after falling into a volcanic crater near Naples, Italy, according to police.
Police said the boy slipped after entering an off-limits area at the Solfatara Crater in Pozzuoli. His parents died trying to rescue him.
11-year-old boy, parents killed in Italian volcanic field
A 7-year-old from the same family stayed outside the fenced-off area and survived. The Italian news agency ANSA reported that the boy was placed in the custody of social workers until his grandparents arrived.
"I'm distraught by what happened at the Solfatara volcano," Pozzuoli Mayor Vincenzo Figliolia said.
The victims, 42-year-old Tiziana Zaramella, 45-year-old Massimiliano Carrer, and the couple's son Lorenzo were visiting from Turin, ANSA reported.
It is unclear if the 11-year-old boy and his parents were overcome by gases or were killed as the result of an explosion of super-heated mud.
Signs around the crater warn in multiple languages of the danger of burning from high soil temperatures.