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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Family of three die after falling into boiling mud as sink hole opens up in volcanic area in Italy

Police said the child strayed beyond safety barriers and was swallowed up by the pit, plunging into boiling hot mud at the Solfatara Crater in Pozzuoli, part of a huge volcanic area known as the Campi Flegrei or Phlegrean Fields.

His father, 45, reportedly rushed to his rescue but also fell into the sink-hole. The boy’s mother, 42, then went to their aid, but she too was swallowed by the pit. All three died, overcome by the mud and sulphurous gases.


Don't get swallowed up by boiling hot mud pits.

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I remember my vessel entry training. If your mate passes out in a vessel do not rush in to rescue him. Don breathing gear or, if you've not been trained to use it, wait for the arrival of someone who has. Being brave about risks where your intuition is no help, and you're too het up to use your intellect, routinely leads to more casualties.

Poor souls, mind. RIP.

Posted by: dearieme | Sep 12, 2017 1:06:09 PM