A Sydney schoolboy has died after being buried by an avalanche while skiing in Austria.
The incident occurred in St Anton am Arlberg on Wednesday afternoon, local time.
The 16-year-old was skiing off-piste with his family at the time.
The ABC reports, the snow from the avalanche buried the boy and his mother, although the woman was able to free herself.
It took rescuers more than 20 minutes to reach the teen, who was “completely buried” below two meters of snow. They were unable to revive him.
He was about to enter year 11 at Sydney’s International Grammar School.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade says it “stands ready to provide consular assistance to the family of the victim in accordance with the Consular Services Charter”.
The boy’s death comes as parts of Austria and southern Germany battle brutal weather conditions.
According to the UK’s Evening Standard, the bad weather has so far claimed the lives of at least 16 people across Europe.
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