A 13-year-old boy has died after falling into a 130-foot-deep volcano crater in Mexico.
The incident took place near Las Vigas, in Mexico’s state of Veracruz, on Friday, 11th August, while the teenager, who has not been named, was walking with his family in the El Volcancillo national forest, in the Valle de Perote.
The boy reportedly slipped into a ravine and when his family noticed he was not there, they began looking for him, eventually spotting him at the bottom of the 40-metre (130-foot) precipice.
His relatives then alerted the emergency services in the nearby town of Toxtlacuaya.
The Xalapa National Rescue Squad, the Municipal Police, the Municipal Civil Protection, the Civil Protection Secretariat and the Civil Force were all deployed to the scene, with rescuers reaching the boy’s lifeless body some three hours later, shortly before midnight.
The rescuers told local media that the boy died immediately, as a result of the fall.
His body was transferred to the Forensic Medical Service in the city of Xalapa for autopsy.
Thousands of people visit the Volcancillo volcano and park every year, with hiking, climbing and rappelling popular in the area.
The last volcanic activity at the site was about 900 years ago, according to local media.
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