Avalanche teen’s call for help

Sunday Mail - - NEWS -

SYDNEY school­boy Max Meyer told res­cuers “we need some help’’ in a phone call just min­utes be­fore he was swept away in an avalanche.

Sydney In­ter­na­tional Gram­mar School stu­dent Max, 16, died on Wed­nes­day after be­ing swept into a river and buried un­der me­tres of snow at the St An­ton am Arl­berg ski re­sort in Aus­tria. His dis­traught par­ents and 14-yearold brother, who were trapped with him in a steep val­ley when the avalanche came rush­ing to­wards them, re­main in Aus­tria, and are fi­nal­is­ing plans to bring Max’s body home.

Moun­tain Po­lice Of­fi­cer Pa­trick Wech­ner told the Sun­day Mail that Max had rung the ski pa­trol res­cue team at St An­ton on his mo­bile just min­utes be­fore the avalanche struck. The fam­ily had be­come trapped in the bot­tom of a deep val­ley known as the Steiss­bach.

Picture: TIM HUNTER

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