Published: Sun, January 13, 2019
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

News Australian teen dies in Austrian avalanche

News Australian teen dies in Austrian avalanche

In the Austrian ski resort Wildkogel had been captured on Wednesday, six students from Saxony-Anhalt by an avalanche and partially buried.

Media reports out of Austria say the family were skiing together when they became stuck in hard terrain, and called for help.

Max was skiing off-piste with his father, 58, mother, 55, and younger brother, 14, near the holiday village of St Anton am Arlberg when the family became stuck in "rough, untracked and very steep terrain" about 4.40pm. It covered the mother and her 16-year-old son.

Rescuers could only retrieve Meyer's body about 20 minutes later. "The woman was able to free herself from the snow and remained unhurt".

The boy was reportedly a student at Sydney's International Grammar School, which has offered support to fellow students.

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

"We will continue to support the family through the coming days and beyond".

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Yahoo7 News has contacted the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

"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. In neighboring Slovakia, the mountain rescue service said a Slovak man, 37, died from an avalanche in the Mala Fatra mountains.

The avalanche happened while they were waiting for rescuers.

This is the latest of a number of tragic avalanche deaths in Austria after consistently big snowfalls over the past two weeks.

Austrian public broadcaster ORF previously reported that the weather was expected to calm on Friday but further heavy snow could be expected on Sunday.

Several railway lines in the Alps were closed because of the snow, and schools were closed in parts of Bavaria.

It comes amid a huge downpour of snow in the region and the wider Alps area, with several other people killed.

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