Published: Sat, January 12, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Australian teenager buried in Austrian avalanche in front of parents

Australian teenager buried in Austrian avalanche in front of parents

The helpless family of an Australian teenager watched in horror as he was buried under a mountain of snow in a deadly avalanche in the Austrian alps.

Rescuers retrieved the boy's body 20 minutes later, but unfortunately the teenager could not be revived.

A Sydney schoolboy has died after being buried by an avalanche while skiing in Austria.

St Anton has had over two metres of snow it past two weeks. The family was in untracked and steep terrain when Meyer became trapped by the avalanche.

"The woman was able to free herself from the snow and remained unhurt", a police statement said.

International Grammar School principal Shauna Colnan offered support to fellow students in an email to parents on Thursday night, confirming the death to the public on Friday. "The school will be open tomorrow and next week, and senior staff, counselors and I will be there to assist should you require support".

Ski outings turned into unsafe experiences in the Austrian Alps and Slovakian mountains on Wednesday amid continuing heavy snowfall. He said: "We have seen some significant and disruptive snowfall across parts of Germany and Austria in recent days and we still have red warnings across southeastern parts of Germany and for much of Austria for further snow".

That brought to at least 16 the number of weather-related deaths reported in Europe over the last week.

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. Snow was causing problems in other parts of Europe, even in Norway's Arctic Svalbard archipelago. BBC Weather forecaster Alina Jenkins said heavy snow hit Germany, Austria, Turkey and the Balkans on Thursday (10 January).

Authorities also warned of a risk of avalanches in northern areas of the Norwegian mainland.

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