A boy has died after being buried under snow about 40 metres
away from his family in "white out" conditions at a Victorian
The 7-year-old wandered off from his family while they were
outside playing in the snow at Mt Buller.
He was found only 40-50 metres away, buried under a snow dump
from a roof.
Mt Buller Police acting Sergeant Matt Bennett said the boy
was completely buried underneath the snow.
"We believe that there's been some sort of slide off maybe
the roof of a building which has engulfed him," he told
Fairfax Radio on Thursday.
"He wasn't far from his other siblings, who obviously didn't
see where he went."
The boy was at Mt Buller for a family holiday with his
parents and two siblings.
The family searched for the boy before quickly alerting
authorities, with police, the CFA, resort staff and ski
patrol members all looking for him.
The seven-year-old was found unconscious around 6.30pm on
Wednesday near a chalet, nearly two hours after he went
He was taken to Mt Buller Medical Centre but later died from
cardiac arrest after doctors spent "significant time" trying
to revive him, Ambulance Victoria said.
The apparent temperature on the mountain was around -10degC
at the time he went missing.
Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Terry Ryan said
snowfall and low cloud cover had created a "white out" effect
with visibility dropping to about 30 metres.