US Man, falls into Mount Vesuvius crater after taking selfie on forbidden route

A US man fell several metres into a crater in an out-of-bounds area of Mount Vesuvius, sparking a major rescue operation, having tried to take a selfie.

Italian media report that the unnamed man, along with three other members of his family, ignored warning signs on Mount Vesuvius, which is just outside Naples, and went off-route and pursued a path that tourists are forbidden to walk along.

Local tourist guides were first on the scene and abseiled into the crater to pull him out (Image: Getty Images/EyeEm)

Then, when the party reached the top of the volcano, the man decided to take a selfie, but in doing so managed to drop his phone. Then, as he tried to get it back, he fell several metres into the crater.

In response, rescue teams, including a helicopter and the police, were called out to extricate him. Eventually, guides who work on Vesuvius were able to rescue the man, having had to abseil into the crater to reach him first.

The man was taking a selfie, according to local reports, when his phone slipped out of his hand (stock image) (Image: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

The tourist had a lucky escape – he emerged from his ordeal with just cuts and bruises. Much further down and the results could have been much more tragic.

But that isn’t the end of the story: the man and his family could be charged by Italian police for trespassing onto the out-of-bounds route.

Mount Vesuvius has not erupted since 1944, but it is still considered one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world (Image: Getty Images)

It goes to show kids, that if the sign says ‘out-of-bounds’ to tourists, they mean it. And, don’t take selfies in dangerous places like the top of volcanoes.

Deaths and injuries attributed to people takin selfies are on the rise – not surprising, given how ubiquitous they have become in recent years – with falls, drowning and transport three of the most common causes of someone’s death.