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

Clay Curtis
January 13, 2019

An avalanche has buried in the Austrian town of St. Anton am Arlberg, a 16-Year-old.

Max Meyer was skiing with his family when he was covered by snow in Austria.

Local police said the boy died after the family found themselves in rough, untracked and very steep terrain on Wednesday.

It is reported that the family of four were skiing off-piste and called for help before an avalanche hit while they were waiting.

"The woman was able to free herself from the snow and remained unhurt", a police statement said. The second week of January has brought heavy snow to much of continental Europe whilst the United Kingdom remains relatively mild for the time of year.

Max Meyer was part of the mock trials team at the International Grammar School in Sydney. A snow shelf reportedly collapsed and buried the 16-year-old, who was holidaying with family. "I have spoken with Max's father and have extended my deepest condolences on behalf of the IGS school community, and offered the family all of our support".

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The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade confirmed it was aware of an Australian citizen's death in Austria.

In neighbouring Slovakia, the mountain rescue service said a 37-year-old man was killed by an avalanche in the Mala Fatra mountains.

A further Six German teenagers are lucky to be alive after emerging from an avalanche that engulfed them at Wildkogel resort in the Salzburg province.

The natural disaster comes amid reports of at least 17 people being killed across Europe by snow and severe weather in recent days, according to the Daily Mail.

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.

More than a dozen people have been killed in weather-related accidents across the continent over the past week, most in avalanches.

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