17-year-old boy on £4,000 adventure trip is mauled to death as he sleeps in Arctic tent 17-year-old victim had been camping on remote glacier in wildlife trip Days before attack, group was ‘delighted’ at seeing a polar bear Four other victims are in critical condition at nearby hospital Bear was ‘looking for food’ in town with history of attacks, say residents Group shot bear dead with rifle in desperate bid for survival An Eton schoolboy sleeping in a tent was mauled to death by a polar bear yesterday. Horatio Chapple, 17, was on a £4,000 adventure holiday on a remote glacier near the Arctic Circle. He suffered terrible injuries to the head and upper body in the early-morning attack. Four other members of the party were badly hurt as the animal rampaged around the campsite hunting for food. It was eventually shot dead. A trip-wire system which triggers a charge to scare away polar bears failed to activate, the father of one of the survivors said.
Terry Flinders, from Jersey, said the bear burst into the tent where his 16-year-old son Patrick lay, killing Horatio next to him. He said Patrick punched the polar bear on the nose in a desperate attempt to save his life. He escaped with head and arm injuries. Two trip leaders, Michael Reid and Andrew Ruck, who are in their late twenties and Scott Smith, 17, also suffered head injuries. They were undergoing surgery last night. As the party came under attack, they made a frantic call for help using a satellite phone and scrambled helicopters to the glacier, which has no road access during the summer. Svalbard’s vice-governor, Lars Erik Alfheim, said: ‘After we got the call we sent helicopters as fast as we could. When we got there we found serious injuries.’ The victims were part of a part of 80-strong group of mainly 16-to-23-year-olds on a five-week British Schools Exploring Society (BSES) trip. They were camping in the Norwegian Arctic archipelago of Svalbard. Battle with the bear: An aerial view of the camp shows the four tents with the dead polar bear in the middle of the site having been killed by the group during the struggle Horatio Chapple, from Salisbury, Wiltshire, who had just finished his penultimate year at Eton, had hoped to study medicine at university. His grandfather was the former head of the British Army. Field Marshal Sir John Lyon Chapple, GCB, CBE served as Chief of the General Staff from 1989 to 1992 and was Governor of Gibraltar from 1993 to 1995. He is the president of BSES and went on one of its expeditions in the 1950s. Horatio’s family were too upset to speak last night.
His economics teacher Geoff Riley posted on Twitter: ‘My thoughts and prayers are with the family & friends of Horatio Chapple (from Eton) who has died in the polar bear incident in North Norway.’ BSES chairman Edward Watson said Horatio was a ‘fine young man’ and added: ‘By all accounts he would have made an excellent doctor.’ Horatio had left base camp with a sub-group of 13 to camp on the Von Postbreen glacier which is heavily populated with polar bears and where there have been a number of previous attacks. Terry Flinders said he nearly fainted after learning about the attack on TV yesterday morning. ‘I phoned up the BSES and said, “Do you have any information?” The man said, “Yes we do, I’ll pass you on to the manager” – and I thought, “Oh, that’s not good”. ‘He says, “I’m sorry Mr Flinders I’ve got to tell you this”, and I said, “Look, just don’t tell me it’s him that’s dead”. ‘He went, “No, it’s not. Patrick’s in hospital in Norway with head injuries and arm injuries but it’s not life threatening”.’ Mr Flinders said his son was one of three boys in the tent. From accounts of survivors, he thought the bear had chosen Horatio simply because he was the nearest. ‘Patrick was the chubbiest one – he probably had more meat on him, bless him.
YOUNGSTERS’ CHANCE TO EXPLORE THE WILDERNESS
The British Schools Exploring Society has been taking young people to far-flung places for nearly 80 years. The Arctic exploration, costing up to £4,000 excluding flights, is a source of particular pride because the society was founded in 1932 by a survivor of Captain Scott’s ill-fated Antarctic expedition, George Murray Levick. He started the Public Schools Exploring Society (it was renamed in the 1940s to make it more inclusive) and led its first expedition to Finland. For young people aged 16-23, it is a chance to undertake environmental projects in the most remote wildernesses of the world including the Amazon rainforest, Peruvian Andes, Australian outback, Madagascar and Papua New Guinea. Its patrons include David Cameron, Sir David Attenborough, Professor David Bellamy, Joanna Lumley and Sir Richard Branson. The Arctic trip is physically very intensive, with the youngsters carrying up to 20 days worth of food with them, making fires, kayaking and mountaineering. The society’s stated aim is to increase awareness of the natural environment and ‘promote confidence, teamwork and the spirit of adventure’. Early expeditions collected valuable fieldwork data and brought back specimens for the Natural History Museum and the British Museum, and today’s trips still collaborate with research institutions. Prospective applicants are selected by interview and must raise their own money for the trip. On successfully completing an expedition they may join the society, whose members past and present include Tori James, the youngest British woman to climb Everest, author Roald Dahl, and Baron Lewin, Chief of Defence Staff during the Falklands War. ‘I think he was probably in the middle, because the bear grabbed hold of his head next, and then his arm, and I don’t know how Patrick got out to be honest. ‘The polar bear attacked him with his right paw across his face and his head and his arm.’ Mr Flinders told Jersey’s Channel Television: ‘One of the other chaps came out with a rifle and tried to kill the polar bear and didn’t do it. ‘And then the leader tried to kill the polar bear, but just before he killed him apparently, the bear mauled him and he’s really, really bad.’
GROUP WRITE BLOG ABOUT JOY OF SEEING BEARS FOR FIRST TIME
July 27 – After arriving in Longyearbyen to see our first midnight sun we were all so relived to see our tents set up and waiting. I think we must of all dreamt of polar bears because the next day was (spent) eagerly waiting for the ice flows to break up so we could move on to base camp. There was a polar bear sighting across the fjord about a mile away. Everyone was in good spirits because we encountered another polar bear floating on the ice, this time we were lucky enough to borrow a kind Norwegian guides telescope to see it properly. After that experience I can say for sure that everyone dreamt of polar bears that night. We understand the depression causing the Westerly wind may not move off until Sunday. In light of this we have planned to relocate to a more remote part of the Island. Kyle Gouveia, 17, who was on the expedition, said everyone was given shooting practice on the second day of the trip in case a polar bear attacked. They also took on ‘bear watches’ at their base camp in Svarlbard and practised using ‘bear flares’, he said. In a blog about the trip on the website posted on July 27, expedition member Marcus Wright described the group’s excitement at two previous polar bear sightings. He wrote: ‘I think we must of all dreamt of Polar bears because the next day was eagerly waiting for the ice floes to break up so we could move on to base camp. There was a P.bear sighting across the fjord about a mile away. ‘Everyone was in good spirits because we encountered another P.bear floating on the ice, this time we were lucky enough to borrow an kind Norwegian guide’s telescope to see it properly. ‘After that experience I can say for sure that everyone dreamt of P.bears that night.’ Another blog entry described the training, saying: ‘The teams learnt how to work their stoves, put up their tents and were even trained in polar bear defence which is a requirement if spending time in Svalbard (not that a BSES Expedition has needed it!)’
The archipelago – which has a population of around 2,400 and nearly 3,000 polar bears – attract tourists with its stunning views of ice-covered mountains, fjords and glaciers. Visitors are urged to carry high-powered rifles whenever venturing outside Svalbard’s capital Longyearbyen and polar bear safety brochure advices campers against setting up their tents in areas where bears roam. Polar bear researcher Magnus Andersen at the Norwegian Polar Institute said the number of people involved in the attack made it the most serious he has seen. The last time someone was killed by a polar bear at Svalbard was in 1995, when two people were killed in two different incidents, he said. Hopes: A small group of the teenagers pose at the airport before flying to Norway for the trip. It is not known if the dead 17-year-old is among these. One of the victims of the polar bear attack is carried from a helicopter in Longyearbyen yesterday Grim news: Chairman of BSES (British Schools Exploring Society) Edward Watson reads out a statement regarding the death of a British teenager who was killed by a polar bear in Norway Grim news: Chairman of BSES (British Schools Exploring Society) Edward Watson reads out a statement regarding the death of Horatio Chapple Remote: The polar bear attack happened on the Svalbard islands north of Norway
Polar bears are one of the few wild species which will actively hunt humans. At 10ft tall and half a ton in weight, they are the world’s biggest land predators and top the food chain in the Arctic. The fearsome creatures can smell prey 20 miles away, smash through yards of ice in minutes to reach seals and devour 100lb of meat at a time with their razor-sharp teeth. They have incredible vision, can run on the ice at 25mph and are also powerful swimmers capable of crossing 30 miles of water at a time, making them extremely difficult to escape. Although they feed chiefly on marine animals such as seals and young walruses, they are fearless and will stalk any animal when hungry, including humans. Trivia : Scandinavian Countries – LANDS OF ‘THE GOLDEN COMPASS’ Svalbard features in Philip Pullman’s novel The Golden Compass, the first book in the His Dark Materials trilogy. It tells the story of 12-year-old orphan Lyra, who journeys from Oxford to Svalbard – kingdom of armoured ice bears – to rescue her best friend from the forces of evil. Lyra’s world is set in a parallel universe where everyone is accompanied by their soul in animal form. And while on her travels, she befriends one of the armoured bears, Iorek, who has been exiled from the region.
The film version of the book was released in 2007. There have been several previous polar bear attacks on humans in Svalbard, the area where the British teenager was killed. Last summer a polar bear tore a Norwegian camper from his tent and dragged him 130ft across ice and rocks while he was on a kayak expedition in Svalbard. Sebastian Plur Nilssen, 22, suffered cuts to his chest, head and neck, but survived by grabbing a rifle and killing the bear with four shots. Locals said there have also been attacks on a man from Austria and a girl, who both died. Liv Rose Flygel, 55, an artist and airport worker from Svalbard, said: ‘It’s not the first time. The problem is when the ice goes the bears lose their way and cannot catch food. ‘People don’t really know how dangerous they are. One came down to the sea recently and people were running down to take pictures.’ In nearby Spitzbergen a young polar bear was killed after it attacked a camp where 17 tourists and scientists were staying in 1998. The campers had scared off the three-year-old male once but it reappeared the following day and charged at two men after they fired warning shots. Polar bears are well adapted for surviving their hostile, barren environment. Their double layer of fur and four-inch thick layer of fat means they can live in temperatures of minus 50c. During the warmer seasons, the bears mate and give birth as they wait for the ice to form, usually in October. An adult polar bear is one of few species that will actively hunt humans Scientists say there are 22,000 to 27,000 polar bears in the world, 60 per cent of them in Canada. They also live in Alaska, Russia, Greenland and Norway. The species – Ursus maritimus – is now considered ‘vulnerable’, as the total number of polar bears has fallen to 25,000. However, hunting restrictions have helped the population to stabilise. The animal is a formidable swimmer, and can swim up to 100 miles in one go through the icy waters of the Arctic. The world’s most famous polar bear was Knut, who was raised by keepers at the Berlin Zoo but died earlier this year.
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Just after Norway gives a slap in the face to possibly pro-Zion AUF political party via it’s own neo-Templar Norsemen Anders Behring Breivik. Neurotech controlled bears are Norway’s final message to England it is no longer part of the Zionist ‘vision’? Note the other article here :
Tourist dies in dog attack – by Tan Sin Chow and Ann Tan – 10th January 2011 (Star Paper) http://www.facebook.com/topic.php?uid=318515515322&topic=16746&post=105687
China, Poland Vow To Advance Relations http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/china/2011-08/06/c_131032364.htm
;then consider against the timing of the attack and Poland’s history of bad relations with at least Zionism if not Jewish peoples in general, with the Polish death in Penang considered. If this is not a neurotech inspired underbelly of international espionage, readers are welcome to tell this espionage theorist what this ‘unfortunate series of events’ (think Lemony Snickett, yes Arnold Gay – did you know which filter they are using on you, and what NLP your name means ‘against’ the other well known Arnold???) means.
How about honesty to the citizens of this world, coming clean and dropping the LC-ness of ‘hive mind’ behaviour? As for polar bears being vulnerable? No excuses with the resources of an entire government behind the region – as protectors and administrators, not neglectful bypassers and self serving bureaucrats. Build a 20 acre (if 10 stories worth, then 200 acres in all) airconditioned multistorey icy ‘exhibit’ (with ice ponds and such) to house a breeding programme/conservatory for these bears. That way, a stable population of the creature could be maintained.
It is not unbelievable that this suggestion would be the only way polar bears survive as a species and who knows – even evolve as HUMANS did through it’s less developed marsupial to monkey to chimp to cromagnon to sapiens eras. Who knows Sheepmen, Pigmen and Cattlemen alien species haven’t yet found this planet and are angered at Monkeymen (Humans?) eating their brethren. Alas another case for vegetarianism. Develop those lab grown meat technologies without elements of technolgical/nano-biotoxin sabotage ! This last place to view polar bears and promote ‘Icy Norsmen/Norweigian Culture’, though, think a Norweigian franchise – ” Polar Bear Conservatories Inc. “, in collaboration with Noweigian Embassies Panda style in world Capitals for a start . . . next on Norway’s agenda, Whale breeding programmes (no allusions to Frank Hebert’s Dune’s whale-human composite looking Navigators). Who knows Cetacean alien species haven’t yet found this planet and are angered at Monkeymen (Humans?) eating their brethren. Alas another case for vegetarianism (again). Develop those lab grown meat technologies without elements of technolgical/nano-biotoxin sabotage !