An American tourist was rescued after falling into the crater of Mount Vesuvius while trying to retrieve his phone.

Italian media reported that the 23-year-old was trying to take a selfie at the summit when his phone slipped from his hands and fell into the crater.

During Saturday’s incident, he tried to reach for the device, but then fell several meters into the volcano’s maw.

Vesuvius guides descended into the crater under the supervision of a rescue helicopter to reach the man, who later required treatment for minor injuries.

Reports say that the tourist and three relatives took the forbidden road to the summit and face charges.

Vesuvius in v Italy experts consider it one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world, in the danger zone of which about 600,000 people live.

Any eruption would also affect three million people in the Naples area.

Its eruption in AD 79 buried the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum in volcanic ash and rocks.

Vesuvius remains the only volcano located on the European mainland to erupt in the last 100 years.

image:
Mount Vesuvius is famous above the Gulf of Naples. Photo: AP

Read more on Sky News:
Italy is baking and it must adapt
The deadly glacier avalanche is linked to climate change, the Italian prime minister has said

After the eruption of Vesuvius in 1913, it remained active until 1944.

The crater of the volcano has a diameter of 450 meters and a depth of 300 meters. The highest peak of Vesuvius is 1277 meters.

https://news.sky.com/story/tourist-rescued-after-falling-into-mount-vesuvius-while-trying-to-reach-phone-12650076

Previous articleAverage mortgage rates rose 0.5% for the month, hitting a seven-year high
Next articleA candidate for the position of pension ombudsman has been announced