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Italy Crater Deaths

An 11-year-old boy and his parents died after falling into a volcanic crater in Italy

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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.

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11-year-old boy, parents killed in Italian volcanic field
Rescuers stand on the site where three people reportedly died when they fell into a crater in a steamy volcanic field in Pozzuoli, near Naples, Italy, 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)
Firefighters and police officers stand by an ambulance on the site where three people reportedly died when they fell into a crater in a steamy volcanic field in Pozzuoli, near Naples, Italy, 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)
Firefighters and police officers stand by an ambulance on the site where three people reportedly died when they fell into a crater in a steamy volcanic field in Pozzuoli, near Naples, Italy, 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)

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.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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