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Polar bear mauls one to death and injured four in North Pole

Friday, 05 August 2011
One person has died and four other have seriously injured after being attacked by a polar bear in the Svalbard archipelago in the Arctic, north of the Norwegian mainland.

According to authorities, it had to do with a group of British tourists to the region. According to the travel agency, they were also young people from British schools in the travel companion.

The accident occurred early in the morning at the Von Post glacier, about 40 km from Longyearbyen.

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The polar bear is reportedly killed. Four seriously injured people were taken by helicopter to hospital in Longyearbyen and will later today be transferred by air ambulance to University Hospital in Tromso.


“The situation is serious,” said Jon Mathisen, director of University Hospital in Tromso to Norwegian news network, NRK.

According to Mathisen, they are head injuries involved. Many of the 2,000 residents of Svalbard always bring a hunting rifle when they move out, given ferocity the polar bears. There they are shot before they can attack a human. The last person that was  killed by a polar bear in Svalbard was in 1995. Over the past 40 years, four people were killed by a polar bear
By scancomark.se Team

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