Parents tell how tragedy unfolded
The family of Sydney teenager Max Meyer, who was killed in an avalanche in Austria, say the snowslide was triggered by the ski patrol who were trying to save him.
The ski patrol in St Anton am Arlberg responded to calls for help after the 16-year-old and his parents, Thomas Meyer and Julie Schatz, were trapped in deep snow between two main runs at the Austrian resort last Wednesday.
“Due to the depth of the snow, we considered it safer not to try to walk out, but to contact the ski patrol for advice and so that they would know our location,” the teenager’s parents said in a statement.
“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 avalanche was triggered, which engulfed us and tragically led to the death of our son Max.
“This was despite the prolonged and best efforts of the rescuers to try and find and resuscitate Max.”
The parents, who asked for privacy, said St Anton police were “aware of the circumstances and a full investigation is still under way”.