Selfie-snapping photographer falls into Mount Vesuvius

man falls into crater of mount vesuvius
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An American tourist had a narrow escape after falling into the crater of Mount Vesuvius while on holiday in Italy. The 23-year-old was traversing a path closed off to the public when he took a selfie before dropping his phone into the crater. For reasons unknown, the man then tried to retrieve it from what is thought to be one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world – you really can't make this stuff up. 

Mount Vesuvius is an active volcano located on the Gulf of Naples in Campania, Italy. Although it hasn’t actually erupted since 1944, climbing into its crater is certainly not advised, even if you have dropped one of the best camera phones or best iPhones into it. 

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.