Sydney schoolboy dies in avalanche as family watch on
Sydney schoolboy dies in avalanche as family watch on
Image A snow plough clears the A9 highway in Garching southern Germany
13 January, 2019, 18:44
The 16-year-old boy was on a skiing holiday with his family when he was buried by the avalanche as his parents and brother looked on helplessly, according to reports.
An Australian family's winter holiday has ended in tragedy after a teenager was killed while skiing in Austria.
Before emergency crews could reach the family an avalanche was triggered, covering Max and his mother in more than two metres of snow. "The mother was able to free herself", he said.
Rescuers found the boy 20-minutes after the avalanche but were unable to revive him. 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.
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", Colnan added, according to the ABC.
"The 16-year-old son was completely buried by the snow masses'". "The school will be open tomorrow and next week, and senior staff, counselors and I will be there to assist should you require support".
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That brought to at least 15 the number of weather-related deaths reported in Europe over the last week. In neighboring Slovakia, the mountain rescue service said a Slovak man, 37, died from an avalanche in the Mala Fatra mountains.
Austrian public broadcaster ORF previously reported that the weather was expected to calm on Friday but further heavy snow could be expected on Sunday.
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.
Several skiers have been killed in harsh weather across Europe this week.
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