Par­ents tell how tragedy un­folded

The Australian - - THE NATION - SASCHA O’SUL­LI­VAN

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”.

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