Tragedy is really taking its toll on the world right now. The recent extreme weather has seen much of America and the Caribbean Islands torn to shreds, and now, a horrific accident in Italy has left people across the globe shocked and stunned.
The heartbreaking news hit the headlines after emergency services were called to a volcanic crater near Naples, after three members of the same family were said to have fallen in. However, as more details of the harrowing story emerge, it becomes more and more heart-rending…
The emergency services were called to the 4,000 year old Solfatara crater, after it was reported that a family of three had fallen to their deaths inside. What they found when they arrived is every parent’s worst nightmare…
It is reported that the horror story began when 11 year old, Lorenzo fell into the crater. In a desperate attempt to rescue his stricken son, father Massimiliano Carrer, entered the volcanic crater, which last erupted in 1198 AD. But, once inside, it collapsed, causing him to fall deeper, where he was then overcome with noxious gases.
Desperate to save her husband and son, 42-year-old, Tiziana Zaramella, went to help them. But, the crater collapsed further, causing her to also succumb to the toxic fumes. Meanwhile, their other son, 7-year-old Alessio, who only survived because he had run for help, sobbed above ground.
The family of four, were on a trip to the volcano the day before the boys were expected back at school. It is unknown exactly why the family were in such close proximity to the crater, which is cordoned off by a safety fence to prevent accidents of this nature from occurring.
The local fire brigade, who were called to the scene, are still trying to piece together the exact events of the tragedy. Luca Cari, a member of the rescue crew, said of the awful incident: “Either there was a small explosion, or the ground simply gave way from their weight and they fell into this hole. It was inside a fenced-off area.”
Meanwhile, eye-witness Diego Vitagliano, explained the haunting ordeal to R.it Naples:
“I saw a child run crying, I did not think I was facing the worst tragedy of my life. I was at the Solfatara for work, along with other visitors we realized that something had happened and we approached the crater. I did not imagine what I would see. They pulled out two bodies, then pulled us away. I continue to think about that family and that poor baby crying and asking for help.”
Distraught, Alessio ran to the nearest building to the crater, where he was comforted by staff for several hours. One of the people to comfort him was Armando Guerriero, who tearfully explained:
“He saw his parents and brother falling into the crater. He didn’t know whether they were alive or dead. He was crying and calling his mother’s name. In the 40 years that I’ve worked here, I’ve never seen anything like it.”
Officials initially believed that the three had died after they plunged into boiling hot mud in the pit of the crater, but it is now thought that they died of asphyxia, after being overcome by the hot gasses.
The bodies were retrieved by the fire services, who arrived on the scene only minutes after being called, before being placed in body bags and taken away in an ambulance.
The horrific incident has left the local area and the family’s home town in mourning. Those who knew the family explained how Lorenzo had been studying volcanos at school, which may explain why the curious boy got so close to the deadly crater.