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Polar bear slays one, injures four. An attack by a polar bear on Norway’s Svalbard Island earlier today has left one British 17-year-old dead and four others seriously injured. The victims, part of a group of 13 on a British Schools Exploring Society (BSES) expedition, had pitched their tents on the Von Postbreen glacier approximately 40 kilometres from Longyearbyen when the bear struck. “It attacked whilst they were still in their tents,” says Erik Nygaard, Superintendant for the Governor of Svalbard to Svalbardposten.

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Polar bear slays one, injures four

Published on Friday, 5th August, 2011 at 17:08 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 6th August 2011 at 14:44.

An attack by a polar bear on Norway’s Svalbard Island earlier today has left one British 17-year-old dead and four others seriously injured.

Aerial photo of British camp
Aerial photo of British camp
Photo: Arild Lyssand/Governor of Svalbard


The victims, part of a group of 13 on a British Schools Exploring Society (BSES) expedition, had pitched their tents on the Von Postbreen glacier approximately 40 kilometres from Longyearbyen when the bear struck.

“It attacked whilst they were still in their tents,” says Erik Nygaard, Superintendant for the Governor of Svalbard to Svalbardposten.

Whilst the 17-year-old had died before medical personnel arrived at the scene in a search and rescue helicopter, chief physician and surgeon Erik Krag Jenssen at Longyearbyen Hospital, who was onboard, informs the paper: “people had already done their best and administered first aid. They prevented the injured getting hypothermia and had bandaged them up.”

All of the four, two boys aged 16 and 17, as well as two expedition leaders, 26 and 29, reportedly have moderate to severe head injuries. The eight others were unharmed and the bear was shot dead.

The Governor of Svalbard says police are now investigating the incident. The victims are being transferred from the hospital in Longyearbyen to Tromsø University Hospital by plane for further treatment.

Next-of-kin have been contacted by BSES Expeditions. British Ambassador to Oslo Jane Owen is leading a consular team to Tromsø to provide assistance.



Published on Friday, 5th August, 2011 at 17:08 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 6th August 2011 at 14:44.

This post has the following tags: svalbardpolarbearattack, britishschoolsexploringsocietycasualties.





  
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