American tourist falls into the Vesuvius crater in an attempt to find the mobile phone

ROME – An American tourist had to be rescued on Mount Vesuvius near Naples after he apparently slipped into the crater of the Italian volcano while trying to find his fallen mobile phone, according to news reports and the association of Vesuvius park guides.

The tourist and family members were quoted by Carabinieri police as walking off the authorized path to get closer to the crater on Saturday afternoon, apparently to take a selfie, LaPresse news agency said.

The head of the Confesercenti Tourist Association for Mount Vesuvius, Paolo Cappelli, said four volcanic guides reacted immediately after one noticed that the tourist had fallen into the crater and was in “serious difficulty.”

In a statement, Cappelli said the guides lowered a rope 50 feet into the crater, pulled the tourist out and provided first aid after he suffered skin abrasions on his legs, arm and back. Carabinieri park police then arrived and brought the American to the police station to file the complaint, Cappelli said.

Mount Vesuvius, which erupted in 79 and destroyed the nearby city of Pompeii, is a popular place to hike.

– Associated Press

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