Aussie Teen Who Died In Austrian Avalanche Identified
Max Meyer, a 16-year-old student at Sydney's International Grammar School, died in an avalanche while on a family skiing holiday in Austria.
In an email sent to parents, obtained by the ABC, school principal Shauna Colnan offered the school's support to his family and fellow students.
"Max Meyer was about to enter Year 11, and his life has been tragically cut short," the email reportedly said.
"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."
The teenager was buried by the avalanche as his parents and brother looked on helplessly, according to reports.
His family were unable to help as they had no emergency supplies or a shovel with them.
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 late on Wednesday.
Rescuers retrieved the boy's body 20 minutes later but he could not be revived.
The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade says it is aware of reports of an Australian's death in the nation.
"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 on Friday.
Ski outings turned into dangerous experiences in the Austrian Alps and Slovakian mountains on Wednesday amid continuing heavy snowfall.
Six German teenagers were luckier, emerging alive from an avalanche that engulfed them at the Wildkogel resort in Austria's Salzburg province.
It comes as wild winter weather continues to lash Europe with much of the Alps blanketed by heavy snow.
At least seven people died across Germany, Austria and Italy over the weekend, including two German skiers who were killed in separate avalanches in Austria after more than half a metre of snow fell on the northern side of the Alps.
In a third fatal incident in Voralberg, a Swiss snowboarder died after her head was submerged in deep snow on Sunday.
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