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Baby and two brothers rescued from rubble after deadly Italy earthquake

The boys, aged seven months, eight and 11-years-old were trapped for hours in rubble on holiday island.

A seven-month-old baby and his two older brothers have been rescued from rubble after a deadly earthquake in Italy.

The three boys were trapped in the rubble of a house on the Italian island of Ischia, after a magnitude 4.0 earthquake that left two women dead and another 39 people injured.

Rescue teams worked through the night to rescue seven-month-old Pasquale, eight-year-old Mattias and 11-year-old Ciro.

Firefighters dug with their bare hands to pull 11-year old Ciro, the last of three brothers buried in the debris.
Firefighters dug with their bare hands to pull 11-year old Ciro, the last of three brothers buried in the debris.

There were cheers as the last of the brothers, Ciro, was pulled from the rubble some 16 hours after the quake struck, BBC reported.

The boys' father Alessandro was seen hugging relatives as the last of his sons was pulled from the rubble.

“It was a terrible night. I don’t have words to explain it,” he earlier told RAI state television. “The entire second floor of the house collapsed and the firefighters pulled me out. They were great."

Ischia is about an hour's boat ride from Naples and is famed for its thermal waters. Seismic activity in the area is not uncommon and the area was hit by an earthquake in 1883 that killed more than 2,000 people.