An American tourist sustained minor injuries after falling into Mount Vesuvius’ crater to retrieve his phone.

The 23-year-old was taking a selfie when his phone slipped out of his hands and fell into the mouth of the volcano.

The man then descended into the crater to try and retrieve his phone,

Only to fall several meters after losing his balance.

Emergency services were able to pull the man out of the crater and treat him for cuts and bruises on his arms and back.

The visitor and three of his relatives were charged with the invasion of public land, police told the outlet.

Mount Vesuvius is among the most active volcanoes in Italy and is regarded by experts as one of the world’s most dangerous.

Despite the warnings, hiking the volcano is a popular tourist activity.