A 12-year-old boy has fallen to his death down a 100-foot well while playing a treasure hunt game at a summer camp.
The incident took place at the Coronini Cromberg Park in the town of Gorizia in the north-eastern Italian region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia on Wednesday.
The young victim, identified as Stefano Borghese, is believed to have died immediately as there was no water in the 30-metre (98-foot) well at the time, according to local newspaper Corriere della Sera.
Borghese was taking part in a treasure hunt activity with other children when tragedy struck.
The camp’s organisers decided to carry out the outdoor activities in groups of seven to respect COVID-19 measures.
Corriere della Sera said that the victim approached a fence surrounding the well which appeared to have collapsed under his weight.
However, this has yet to be officially confirmed and the investigation is ongoing.
Eyewitnesses were taken home after the accident and the town’s mayor Rodolfo Ziberna has offered them psychological support during this difficult time.
The mayor also told the newspaper Repubblica that the well had been checked recently, adding: “Nobody can give an explanation, all the controls were properly carried out.”
The area has been cordoned off at the investigation continues.
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