Sailors Flee for Their Lives as Italian Volcano Erupts Next to Them

A group of sailors captured their miraculous escape from volcanic ash after they were caught sailing in the middle of a volcanic eruption.

Elena Schiera, 19, from Palermo, was on a sailing boat when Mount Stromboli, on an island north of Sicily, erupted on August 28.

It sent pyroclastic flow, a fast moving mixture of volcanic ash, gas and rock, into the sea.

Ms Schiera and her friend Laura Crucilla captured the nail-biting footage on their phones and you can see the pyroclastic flow growing thicker and getting dangerously close to their boat.

The enormous black cloud from the eruption seems to follow the boat and gets faster.