People meet their ends in very strange and unusual ways almost every day, but sadly, one story out of Naples stands out above the rest. There, Tiziana Zaramella 42, and Massimiliano Carrer, 45, entered a “prohibited area at Solfatara volcanic crater” when their overly curious eleven-year-old son Lorenzo roamed into the off-limits zone, according to the Daily Mail.
As the lad’s father rushed to save his son, the ground is said to have given way beneath him and he fell “into a 5ft crater and be overcome by fumes.” The brave mother did not flee when her family was in need but went in to save them.
Regrettably, she met “the same fate when the crater collapsed” and all three died in “the steamy volcanic fields at Solfatara” which is said to be “scorching hot only a few inches below the surface.”
The roasting gases likely caused asphyxia but authorities are awaiting the results of an official autopsy.
Amid all of this terrible news is but one silver lining: the couple’s seven-year-old son, Alessio, was able to “scramble to safety” and did not meet the same infernal demise that he was forced to witness. Unfortunately, these haunting images will be with him for the rest of his life.
The worst part of the story is that the children and family were on the last day of their stellar vacation before the kids were off to the drudgery of school for the winter. Nothing is as joyful as a child enjoying the last of summer.
Some reports are saying that Lorenzo did NOT enter a restricted area, but rather, the whole section where people visit is unsafe, instead.
“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 fire,” brigade spokesman Luca Cari said, thus acknowledging both options. Only the seven-year-old would know for sure, it seems, since he was present.
He was seen crying and asking for help when he was found. The orphaned child is in no state to remember who was where, however. He lamentingly “kept asking where his family was.”
A man named Diego Vitagliano said, “I saw a child run crying, I did not think I was facing the worst tragedy of my life,” but he was.
“I was at the Solfatara for work, along with other visitors we realized that something had happened and we approached the crater,” he admitted. “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.”
The accident happened at a site where that ancient Roman’s called “Bocca Grande (Big Mouth)” and home of the”God of Fire.” Woefully, all of these centuries later, the volcano has again lived up to its name.
Source: The Daily Mail