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Polar bear attack: 'Shock' at friend's death

Failures by an expedition company did not cause the death of a British teenager mauled by a polar bear in Norway, a coroner has said.

Horatio Chapple, 17, from Salisbury, died while on an adventure holiday to Svalbard, Norway, with the British Schools Exploring Society (BSES) in August 2011.

He suffered fatal injuries after being dragged out of his tent.

Following the inquest, Horatio's friend, Nick Hampson from Temple Cloud, Somerset, told the BBC's Jon Kay he felt ''shocked'' when he first heard the news, and ''let down'' by the way the expedition was run.

''The leaders did everything they could - I just hope it does not happen to anyone else,'' he added.

  • 18 Jul 2014
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