Polar undergo kills British boy in Arctic

Dead polar bear being hauled away by rescuers in Svalbard on 5 August 2011 Symbol caption Rescuers took the polar endure away from the site after it used to be shot useless by way of a workforce member

A polar undergo has mauled a 17-year-old British boy to death within the Arctic and injured four other UNITED KINGDOM vacationers.

Horatio Chapple, from Wiltshire, was with 12 others on a British Schools Exploring Society travel near a glacier at the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen.

The four who had been hurt – two critically – incorporated two leaders of the travel. they’ve been flown to Tromsoe where their situation is stable.

BSES chairman Edward Watson defined Mr Chapple as a “superb younger man”.

Mr Watson stated the society were in contact together with his circle of relatives – who reside near Salisbury – and had offered “our utmost sympathy”.

Symbol caption Horatio Chapple used to be anticipated to read drugs after completing his research at Eton

He stated: “Horatio was once a good younger guy, hoping to head on to read medicine after faculty. Through all bills he would’ve made an excellent physician.”

He stated the society’s executive director used to be vacationing to Spitsbergen, in the Svalbard archipelago, including: “we are continuing to assemble data on this tragedy.”

Mr Chapple was once studying at Eton School in Berkshire. Geoff Riley, head of training and studying technologies on the college paid tribute on Twitter, pronouncing his feelings and prayers had been along with his circle of relatives.

Helicopter scrambled

The attack, near the Von Post glacier approximately 25 miles (40km) from Longyearbyen, happened early on Friday.

the crowd contacted the authorities the usage of a satellite telephone and a helicopter was sent to rescue them.

The endure was once shot useless by way of a member of the staff.

The BSES, a adolescence development charity, stated the injured males had been travel leaders Michael Reid, 29, and Andrew Ruck, 27, who is from Brighton but lives in Edinburgh, and trip contributors Patrick Flinders, 17, from Jersey, and Scott Smith, 16.

Image caption The Svalbard day trip began on 23 July and was scheduled to run for 5 weeks

The injured had been flown to sanatorium in Longyearbyen after which on to University Health Facility in Tromsoe, on the Norwegian mainland.

A spokeswoman for the hospital said the sufferers had been now in a strong situation.

The father of Patrick Flinders, Terry, stated he believed the polar endure had crossed a trip wire and into his son’s tent.

“consistent with the physician and the opposite folks Patrick used to be trying to fend off the polar undergo through hitting it at the nostril – why, i do not recognise, however he did and… the polar undergo attacked him with his right paw across his face and his head and his arm,” he mentioned.

Extremely dangerous

Those involved about their spouse and children should name 0047 7902 4305 or 0047 7902 4302.

THE UK ambassador to Norway, Jane Owen, is prime a consular team to Tromsoe to provide help to the expedition staff.

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