Four victims of the polar bear attack that resulted in the death of a British teenager, are recovering in University Hospital in Tromsoe after undergoing surgery, according to reports.
17 year old Horation Chapple, from Wiltshire, was killed by the bear at 07:30 yesterday whilst on a trip with the British Schools Exploring Society (BSES). The teenager was a student at Eton College.
The attack took place at Von Postbreen, a remote Arctic island approximately 40 kilometres from Longyearbyen. According to one account, the bear had climbed into one of the boys tents and attacked. It is thought that a warning tripwire system had failed to activate.
A statement revealed that the bear had been shot dead and killed one of the leaders of the group of 13, who were part of a larger group participating in an Arctic expidition.
BSES Expeditions is a developmental charity that offers adventure travel to 16-25-year-olds in the polar regions, deserts, mountains and jungles of the world.
Earlier this year the Svalbard governor issued a warning after several polar bears were seen close to Longyearbyen. Meanwhile Lars Erik Alfheim, vice-governor of Svalbard, said there was no policy to ban travelling to the islands but added that there were “a number of precautions that one needs to take when travelling here” since it is a wild environment.
Around 250,000 British tourists visit Norway every year.
Polar bears are native largely within the Arctic Circle. They are the world’s largest land carnivore and also the largest bear. An adult male weighs around 350–680 kg (770–1,500 lb), while females are about half their weight.
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