Injured victims of polar bear attack recuperating
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Last Updated: Saturday, August 06, 2011, 23:58
London: The four British survivors of a deadly polar bear attack in Norway's Arctic Svalbard archipelago have been operated on and will be transferred home as soon as possible, officials said on Saturday.

None of the injuries were life threatening, University Hospital in Tromsoe spokeswoman Marit Einejord said, adding that the four were resting after surgery. British Ambassador Jane Owen, who visited the group in the hospital, said they were "all bearing up well."

"It's clearly a priority to get them home as soon as possible," she said. "It's obviously still a very difficult time for the families and so we are here to try and help and our sympathies and feelings go out to everyone who's been involved with this awful tragedy."

The grieving family of 17-year-old Horatio Chapple, who died in the attack, paid tribute to a schoolboy they described as "strong, fearless and kind." His relatives said in a statement that he had been "so excited about his plans to be a doctor" and praised his "amazing sense of humor and ability to laugh at himself."

The attack took place in Svalbard, a group of islands home to about 2,400 people and 3,000 polar bears. The Arctic territory attracts well-off and hardy tourists with stunning views of snow-covered mountains, fjords and glaciers.

The campers were in a group of 80 people, most of them between 16 and 23. Many posed Wednesday for a final photo together before splitting into smaller groups to head out to more remote parts of the Arctic.


First Published: Saturday, August 06, 2011, 23:58

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