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An American tourist was injured in the fall of the crater of Vesuvius after taking a selfie outside

An American tourist was injured in the fall of the crater of Vesuvius after taking a selfie outside

An American tourist was slightly injured after falling into the crater of Vesuvius while trying to find his phone. The 23-year-old and his family reached the summit of the 1,281-meter-high volcano overlooking the southern Italian city of Naples after bypassing a visitor’s gate and following a previously prohibited path.

According to local newspapers, the man was taking a selfie when his phone slipped out of his hand and he ended up in the volcano. Then he went down to the pit trying to get his phone back, but fell several meters after losing his balance.

Guides from Vesuvius were the first to arrive and go down to the crater to pull it off. The police then arrived and a rescue helicopter was deployed to assist in the rescue operation. The man was treated for cuts and bruises on his arms and back.

Accused

The tourist and his three family members are accused of trespassing on public lands. The group, who was said to have ventured up the volcano without tickets, took a trail that was clearly prohibited because it was too dangerous.

In September 2017, an 11-year-old boy and his parents died after falling into the Solfatara di Pozzuoli crater, one of 40 volcanoes in the Campi Flegrei region west of Naples. The boy is said to have passed out from the gas fumes before falling into the pit. His parents tried to save him, but the pit collapsed.

Mount Vesuvius, which destroyed the ancient Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum when it erupted in AD 79, is considered one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world for its proximity to Naples and other nearby cities.

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