Published: Sun, January 13, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Australian teen, 16, killed in avalanche while on holiday with family

Australian teen, 16, killed in avalanche while on holiday with family

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

Before rescuers could reach them, the avalanche swept down an extremely steep slope, the report said.

A Sydney schoolboy has been identified as the victim of a horrific avalanche incident in Australia.

The 16-year-old was skiing off-piste with his family at the time.

Parents and students at the school received an email on Thursday evening informing them that Max Meyer died on a European holiday with his family.

'The woman was able to free herself from the snow an remained unhurt, ' police said. "Such quantities of snow above 800m altitude only happen once every 30 to 100 years", said Alexander Radlherr from Austria's Central Institution for Meteorology and Geodynamics.

The teenager was a student at Sydney's International Grammar School which has offered support to his family and fellow students.

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Hugh McIntyre said Max was an "absolute buzz" to be around and was very smart especially when it came to languages. "He was always first to participate in initiatives at school and always striving to be more involved", the post read. "The school will be open tomorrow and next week, and senior staff, counselors and I will be there to assist should you require support".

A former schoolmate wrote on social media that Max would be "missed by all his peers".

"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.

Ski outings turned into risky experiences in the Austrian Alps and Slovakian mountains on Wednesday amid continuing heavy snowfall.

Six German teenagers fortunately emerged alive from an avalanche that engulfed them at the Wildkogel resort in Austria's Salzburg province.

Heavy snow is ongoing in parts of Austria and southern Germany, with several places cut off and the bad weather expected to last until Friday morning.

Roads into several places were closed - although Galtuer in western Austria, where a massive avalanche in 1999 killed 31 people, was reachable again on Thursday after being cut off.

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