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Polar bear attack victim remains in hospital. The lightly-injured 37-year-old is currently still at the medical facility in Longyearbyen undergoing treatment for light injuries, staff says. “Both the extent and type of injuries he sustained remain unchanged,” said University Hospital of North Norway press spokesperson, Jan Fredrik Frantzen, to The Foreigner, Friday. Jakub Moravec from the Czech Republic told ITV News that he was “very lucky” to survive.

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Polar bear attack victim remains in hospital

Published on Friday, 20th March, 2015 at 14:13 under the news category, by Sarah Bostock and Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 20th March 2015 at 17:32.

The lightly-injured 37-year-old is currently still at the medical facility in Longyearbyen undergoing treatment for light injuries, staff says.

Fredheim on Spitzbergen
This map shows the area where the party was staying at the time of the attack.Fredheim on Spitzbergen
Photo: Governor of Svalbard


“Both the extent and type of injuries he sustained remain unchanged,” said University Hospital of North Norway press spokesperson, Jan Fredrik Frantzen, to The Foreigner, Friday.

Jakub Moravec from the Czech Republic told ITV News that he was “very lucky” to survive.

He had escaped with non-life threatening injuries to his arms, chest, and face.

Mr Moravec had been camping with six other tourists on Svalbard prior to the full solar eclipse, which they wished to see, when the polar bear attacked him at around 6 am.

The group were on a ski and snow scooter trip to the region more than 500 miles north of the Norwegian mainland when the incident happened.

The female Polar Bear attacked as the party was sleeping at Fredheim in Tempelfjorden on the island of Spitsbergen.

The two-year-old, some 154-kilo marked animal (about 24 stone) was the sister of a young bear found dead a year ago in Billefjorden in Svalbard.

“Both examination of the bear and the police investigation into the incident are still at an early stage, however,” a press spokesperson for the Governor of Svalbard commented to The Foreigner.

From his hospital bed, Mr Moravec told NRK television that he awoke to find the bear in the tent standing over him.

He tried to fight it off before another person in the group drove the bear away by shooting and injuring it.

The victim, who was conscious, was flown by helicopter to a hospital in Longyearbyen, the capital of the Norwegian Svalbard archipelago.

A woman suffering from frost injuries she had sustained earlier was also transported there. Next of kin were informed.

It is believed that the polar bear managed to break through a fence set up around the campsite before ripping into the tent.

Zuzana Hakova, a member of the group, told regional publication Svalbardposten that her mother shot at the bear three times, causing the animal to flee.

According to the Governor of Svalbard’s office, the Polar bear was subsequently killed.

No one else was injured during the attack.



Published on Friday, 20th March, 2015 at 14:13 under the news category, by Sarah Bostock and Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 20th March 2015 at 17:32.

This post has the following tags: svalbard, polarbears, eclipse.





  
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