16-year-old Australian boy killed in an avalanche in Austria

16-year-old Australian boy killed in an avalanche in Austria

16-year-old Australian boy killed in an avalanche in Austria

A 16 year old Australian Boy has died while skiing after he was buried in an avalanche in the Austrian Alps as his parents and brother looked on helplessly.

AUSTRALIAN officials stand ready to assist the family of a Sydney teenager reportedly killed in an avalanche in Austria, as winter storms continue to lash Europe.

The family issued a call for help after running into trouble while skiing off- piste near the St Anton resort in Tyrol, a police spokesman said.

The mother was able to free herself from the snow but her son was buried at a depth of about 2 metres.

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Rescuers retrieved the boy's body in two metres of snow 20 minutes after arriving and were unable to revive him.

Max Meyer was part of the mock trials team at the International Grammar School in Sydney. "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. "I have spoken with Max's father today 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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Six German teenagers fortunately emerged alive from an avalanche that engulfed them at the Wildkogel resort in Austria's Salzburg province.

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, trucks and cars got stuck for hours on a highway in southwestern Germany and schools were closed in parts of Bavaria.

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