American man rescued while trying to take a selfie on an active volcano

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An American tourist has been rescued alive after he fell into an active volcano in Italy while trying to take a selfie.

When he dropped his phone, the 23-year-old tourist was trying to take a picture of the active volcano Mount Vesuvius on Saturday.

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The tourist then attempted to retrieve his phone but slipped and fell several metres into the crater.

A spokesperson for the Carabinieri of the Forestry department of the Park of Vesuvius said the man attempted to walk on a forbidden path to reach the summit of the volcano.

The spokesperson said the man took the unauthorised route because it costs €2490 to visit the volcano.

He was accompanied by several other tourists at the time and was luckily spotted by local guides who came to his rescue at around 3 pm (local time).

The tourist remarkably only has some cuts and bruises on his legs, arms and back, which the guides performed first aid on.

The spokesperson said the man could’ve fallen 300 metres if local guides didn’t save him.

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The Volcano Vesuvius Permanent Presidium president and Figav-Confesercenti, Paolo Cappell, told local media he was grateful the guides were able to save the man.

“Having spoken directly with those who provided the rescue, I can safely say that last Saturday on Mount Vesuvius, they saved a human life. I officially thank the whole group of guides belonging to the Presidio Permanente Vulcano Vesuvio, always ready and operational in any condition,” Cappell said.

After the tourist’s injuries were assessed, he and the other people he was with were taken into custody by local authorities and charged with trespassing on public land.

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