Selfie attempt on Vesuvius: US tourist falls into the crater of the volcano

A US tourist was on Mount Vesuvius when he lost his cell phone. When trying to get it back, the 23-year-old fell into the volcanic crater.

That could have gone wrong: A US tourist fell into the crater of the Italian volcano Vesuvius over the weekend. According to a report by the US broadcaster CNN, the 23-year-old tried to get his mobile phone back and had an accident.

Previously, the man with three relatives was said to have been on an unauthorized path on the volcano. Police in Naples confirmed to CNN that the group had been hiking there, ignoring several no-entry signs. Prosecutors would now decide whether to press charges.

The US tourist suffered bruises on his hands, arms and back when he fell. He was treated by an ambulance at the scene and, according to the police, did not want to be taken to a hospital.

Last eruption in 1944

The 23-year-old fell into the abyss of the crater, but not into lava. Vesuvius last erupted in 1944. According to the operators of the Vesuvius National Park, the volcano is still active, it is just in a dormant state at the moment.

Nevertheless, a fall into the crater is dangerous. The highest peak of the mountain is 1,277 meters high, the crater is 450 meters in diameter and 300 meters deep, according to the national park’s website.

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