16-Year-Old Australian Boy Dies in Avalanche in St Anton

Lester Mason
January 12, 2019

The mother and 16-year-old were caught in the slide, the boy buried under two metres of snow.

His family were unable to help as they had no emergency supplies or a shovel with them.

Police said the family had left their ski resort at around 4.40 p.m. local time. The mother was able to free herself and is unharmed.

The teenager was buried by the avalanche as his parents and brother looked on helplessly, according to reports.

While the rescuers were on the way to rescue the family, had then hit him with the avalanche.

'Max Meyer was about to enter Year 11, and his life has been tragically cut short, ' the principal, Shauna Colnan, said.

The school has reopened today and will be open next week for any students in need of counselling or support.

The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

"The department stands ready to provide consular assistance to the family of the victim in accordance with the Consular Services Charter", it said in a statement dated January 11, the Australian Associated Press (AAP) reported.

That brought to at least 15 the number of weather-related deaths reported in Europe over the last week.

The avalanche happened while they were waiting for rescuers. He said: "We have seen some significant and disruptive snowfall across parts of Germany and Austria in recent days and we still have red warnings across southeastern parts of Germany and for much of Austria for further snow".

On Norway's Arctic Svalbard islands, more than 100 people were evacuated as a precaution because of a storm and the risk of avalanches.

Several railway lines in the Alps were closed because of the snow, lorries and cars got stuck for hours on a highway in south-western Germany.

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