Res­cue bid led to teenager’s death in avalanche: fam­ily

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THE par­ents of a Syd­ney teenager killed while ski­ing in Aus­tria have re­vealed the avalanche that en­gulfed their son was trig­gered when a ski pa­trol was try­ing to res­cue the fam­ily.

Max Meyer, pic­tured, and his par­ents is­sued a call for help after get­ting stuck in deep snow in a nar­row val­ley be­tween two main runs at St An­ton re­sort in Ty­rol last Wednes­day.

They were ad­vised by the ski pa­trol to stay where they were. “At that point in time we were un­in­jured, and in no im­lanche me­di­ate dan­ger,” Thomas Meyer and Julie Schatz said in a state­ment yes­ter­day.

“In the process of the ski pa­trol try­ing to reach us by ski­ing down from above us on the op­po­site side of the val­ley, an ava- was trig­gered which en­gulfed us and trag­i­cally led to the death of our son Max.” Res­cuers re­port­edly re­trieved Max’s body some 20 min­utes later but he could not be re­vived.

“It has been con­firmed to us by the coro­ner that Max’s death was in­stant and pain­less,” his par­ents said in the state­ment.

The 16-year-old was a stu­dent at Syd­ney’s In­ter­na­tional Gram­mar School which has of­fered sup­port to his fam­ily and fel­low stu­dents.

St An­ton po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the in­ci­dent.

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