A 23-year-old Maryland man named Phillip Carroll was visiting the Mount Vesuvius crater and is lucky to be alive after falling into the volcano during a selfie attempt!
Carroll was hiking an unauthorized trail not open to tourists along with three relatives when he tried to take a selfie at the top. He dropped his phone and fell in trying to retrieve it, almost to his death.
An attempt to take a dramatic selfie at the top of Italy’s Mount Vesuvius sent a Maryland tourist sliding into the volcano’s crater. Officials say he was lucky he didn’t plunge into the abyss and escaped with only cuts and bruises. pic.twitter.com/KvSvL3S2dc— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) July 12, 2022
Carroll was found unconscious and was treated by an ambulance on site. A picture posted to social media shows some really bad cuts and scrapes on his back and arms. Carroll was also taken into custody by local authorities for hiking on the forbidden trail. No word on if he and his family are facing any charges.