Family Of Aussie Teen Who Died In Avalanche Say Tragedy Was 'Triggered' By Rescue Attempt
The parents of an Australian teenager who died in an avalanche in Austria have spoken of the tragedy, saying it was triggered by a rescue attempt.
Max Meyer, 16, was skiing with his family on the lower front slopes of St Anton in Tyrol last Wednesday when they ended up in a narrow valley between two main runs.
In a statement, his parents Thomas Meyer and Julie Schatz said they contacted ski patrol after finding themselves in deep snow.
"The Austrian police at St Anton have confirmed this was the most responsible action to take," the statement said.
"Ski patrol contacted us, confirming our location and telling us to stay where we were. At that point in time, we were uninjured, and in no immediate danger."
The parents said an avalanche was triggered "in the process of the ski patrol trying to reach us by skiing down from above us on the opposite side of the valley".
They claim this tragically led their 16-year-old son's death, "despite the prolonged and best efforts of the rescuers to try to find and resuscitate Max".
The parents said St Anton police are aware of these circumstances and that a full investigation was underway.
The 16-year-old was a student at Sydney's International Grammar School.
His parents thanked their family, friends and the school community for its support along with Australian authorities.
"We can find no words to express how much and how deeply Max was loved by us, and by so many others."
"Whilst this is obviously a profoundly difficult time for us, the support from our family and friends and the International Grammar School community has meant a great deal."
The family has requested for their privacy and dignity to be respected.
It comes as snow continues to plague regions surrounding the European Alps, with at least 20 weather-related deaths reported across Austria, Germany, Italy and France.
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