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Send in Snow Tanks! German Army Comes to the Rescue After Avalanche

13 January 2019, 06:41 | Devin Moran

Australian boy buried by avalanche in St. Anton am Arlberg, Austria

Australian teenager killed in avalanche in Austria

Before rescuers could reach them, the avalanche swept down an extremely steep slope, the report said.

The 16-year-old was buried by the avalanche and although rescuers retrieved Max's body some 20 minutes later he couldn't be revived.

Shauna Colnan, principal of the International Grammar School, where Max was about to enter year 11, reportedly sent an email to parents and students on Thursday night announcing the tragedy.

A Sydney teenager has had his life "tragically cut short" when he was killed in an avalanche while on a skiing holiday with his family in Austria.

"The woman was able to free herself from the snow and remained unhurt", a police statement said.

"The 16-year-old son was completely buried by the snow masses'".

The family was believed to be from NSW, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. "I have spoken with Max's father today and have extended my deepest condolences on behalf of the IGS school community, and offered the family all of our support".

Australia's foreign affairs department is providing consular assistance to the teenager's family.

A further Six German teenagers are lucky to be alive after emerging from an avalanche that engulfed them at Wildkogel resort in the Salzburg province.

Several railway lines in the Alps were closed because of the snow, and schools were closed in parts of Bavaria.

Parts of Austria and southern Germany experienced heavy snowfall on Thursday, as bad weather caused problems across Europe.

Roads into several places were closed-although Galtuer in western Austria, where a massive avalanche in 1999 killed 31 people, opened again on January 10 after being cut off.

On Norway's Arctic Svalbard islands, more than 100 people were evacuated as a precaution because of a storm and the risk of avalanches.

The natural disaster comes amid reports of at least 17 people being killed across Europe by snow and severe weather in recent days, according to the Daily Mail.

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