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 retrieve his fallen mobile phone, according to reports and the Guides Association of the Vesuvius park.
The tourist and his family members were cited by the Carabinieri police because they left the authorized path to approach the crater on Saturday afternoon, apparently to take a selfie, LaPresse news agency said.
The head of the Confesercenti tourism association for Vesuvius, Paolo Cappelli, said four volcano guides responded immediately after one of them noticed that the tourist had fallen into the crater and was in “serious difficulties. “.
In a statement, Cappelli said guides lowered a 15-metre (50ft) rope into the crater, pulled the tourist and provided first aid, after he suffered abrasions to his legs, arms and back. . Carabinieri Park police then arrived and took the American to the police station to file a complaint, Cappelli said.
Mount Vesuvius, which erupted in AD 79 and devastated nearby Pompeii, is a popular hiking spot.