Avalanche teen’s call for help
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.
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