The Australian schoolboy who was buried in an avalanche during a ski trip in Austria with his family was desperately trying to seek help.
Max Meyer, a 16-year-old student at the Sydney International Grammar School, was killed while skiing with his parents and brother at St Anton am Arlberg in the Austrian Alps on Wednesday.
The helpless family had no choice but to watch with horror how Max was swept into a river and buried alive under a mountain of snow.
Mountain Police Officer Patrick Wechner told The Daily Telegraph Max was a capable skier and the best in his family, meaning he was the first to descend the slope.
The family was particularly difficult to navigate the slope on the day of the incident.
Max Meyer, a 16-year-old student from the Sydney International Grammar School, was killed while skiing with his parents and brother in St Anton am Arlberg on Wednesday
When the avalanche hit the popular ski resort (photo), Max's family could do nothing but dig with their bare hands
He was carried a little too far down, and when his family joined him, none of them could climb back up the slopes.
The boy called his cell phone to the rescue team in Galzig, the main rescue station, & # 39; said Officer Wechner.
& # 39; He (Max) said: & # 39; we have skied into the valley and we can not go up or down and we need some help & # 39;. & # 39;
Ski and rescue teams went straight to find the family, but the avalanche filled the deep, v-shaped valley where the family was before they arrived.
Mountain Police Officer Patrick Wechner said Max was a capable skier and the best in his family
Tribute is buried for the 16-year-old, where a parent of a child in his high school describes him as a handsome boy.
Max's father and younger brother were positioned slightly higher than he and his mother, and managed to stay out of the way.
But the avalanche, which was 50 meters wide and 150 meters long, swept up Max and buried him completely in two meters of snow.
His 55-year-old mother was on the outskirts of the avalanche and managed to drag herself out.
The other problem is that there is a river and that the snow had held the water. The skier Max was also in the water. They tried a long time to bring him back to life, but it was not possible, "said Officer Wechner.
The tragedy began when the family, who were all experienced skiers, got stuck in "rough, uninterrupted and very steep terrain." (photo)
When the avalanche hit the popular ski resort, Max's family could do nothing but dig with their bare hands.
They had no emergency supplies – not even a shovel.
Mountain Rescue team member Kurt Huettl told Nine News that it had been explained to the family that Max could not be rescued before the survivors were escorted on skis.
& # 39; We got them out, but it was the hard way out. We had to pass some trees and there is a river, there are rocks and so it was hard to get them out, "he said.
& # 39; Unfortunately we could not bring the young man in this way, we had to use ropes to bring him up. & # 39;
The ski village is close to the border of Germany and Switzerland (photo)
The Austrian ski village of St Anton am Arlberg (photo) has been hit by heavy snow in recent days, when the Australian boy was killed by an avalanche
Tribute is buried for the 16-year-old, when a parent of a child in his high school described him as "smart boy". who was always excited to learn new things & # 39 ;.
It was so "huge loss", said the parent.
A fellow student wrote on Facebook: "He was an absolute buzz about being around and so smart, especially in languages.
& # 39; He was always the first to participate in school initiatives and always strive to be more involved. Absolutely heartbreaking. He will be missed by all his peers. & # 39;
An autopsy will determine the cause of the death of the teenager in St Anton am Arlberg (photo)
Parents at school were told that counselors and management staff would be present at school.
Max Meyer was about to enter 11 years and his life has been tragically demolished, & # 39; said the director, Shauna Colnan.
An autopsy will determine the exact cause of death, which is still the subject of ongoing police investigations.
The teenager was buried while skiing with his parents and brother in St Anton am Arlberg (photo)
Daily Mail Australia contacted the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade for further comments.
At least 15 people have died in the European snow chaos that caused confusion all over the continent in the last few days.
The highest red warnings are present in Germany and Austria, with more heavy snow expected to fall in the coming days.
At least 15 people have died in the European snow chaos the last few days, including an Australian teenager who was buried alive by an avalanche in St Anton am Arlberg (photo)
It is expected that more heavy snow will fall with the highest red warnings in place in Germany (pictured) and Austria