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Boy dies in Buller tragedy

Posted by: Ashleigh Brown | 26 June, 2014 - 12:10 PM
Mt Buller.

A Melbourne family is grieving the loss of their seven-year-old son who died after being engulfed in falling snow while on a holiday to the Victorian ski fields.

The young boy was found unconscious and buried under snow at Mt Buller in the state's north-east last night.

He had been playing in the snow with his parents and two siblings when he wandered off.

His family frantically searched for him for 20 minutes before raising the alarm, sparking a massive search effort.

Acting Sergeant Matt Bennett said the boy was found just 50 metres away from where he went missing, covered in snow.

“We believe that there’s been some sort of slide off maybe the roof of a building which has sort of engulfed him,” he said.

Despite attempts by paramedics and doctors, the boy could not be revived.

Terry Ryan from the weather bureau said the conditions at the time the boy disappeared would have almost been a white-out.

"At 6pm the winds were about 40km/h from the north-west," he said.

"It was snowing, zero degrees and it would have felt like about -9 or -10."

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  • This is very tragic for all involved and it is so upsetting to hear a child so young die like this and may he rest in peace. Please parents supervise and watch your young children at all times. This is just so sad.

    Mark Thursday 26 June, 2014 - 9:27 AM

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