Family who died after falling into volcanic crater identified

A couple and their 11-year-old son who died after falling into a volcanic crater near Naples have been identified.


The Italian couple have been named as Massimiliano Carrer, 45, and his wife Tiziana Zaramella, 42, who died trying to rescue their son Lorenzo after he fell into a 1,000-degree volcanic crater, The Mirror reports.

Eyewitness Diego Vitagliano said the boy crossed a safety barrier tourists were told not to pass.

"I saw a child run crying, I did not think I was facing the worst tragedy of my life," he said.

Tiziana Zaramella (left) and her son Lorenzo (right). Source: Facebook

“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. "

Italian media reported Lorenzo’s little brother Alessio, 7, managed to scramble to safety and find help while in tears.

Authorities believe they died from inhaling gas fumes.

The coffins of three dead people are carried away out of the volcanic zone. Source: AAP

The family of four were visiting Solfatara, one of the main attractions at the popular Campi Flegrei, also known as "Burning Fields," volcanic tourist area about 30 kilometres east of Naples.

Mr Career was an engineer and his wife worked as a security guard at Venice’s Marco Polo airport.

Corriere del Veneto reported the family was originally from Turin but had ben living in a farmhouse near Meolo in the province of Venice.

Local mayor Vincenzo Figliolia said he was upset by the accident and expressed his “closeness from the community of Pozzuoli to the family of the victims”.

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An Italian couple and their son have reportedly died after falling into the Solfatara crater near Naples. Photo: AAP

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Authorities believe they died from inhaling gas fumes. Photo: AAP

The Campi Flegrei is an area with more than 30 volcanic craters, whose possible eruptions worry scientists.

A view on Solfatara di Pozzuoli where three people died in the crater. Source: AAP

Only the seven-year-old stayed behind the barriers and was found suffering from shock. Photo: AAP