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Polar Bear Attack: Company Cleared Of Neglect

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4:33pm 18th July 2014

 After a polar bear attack that left a Cornish teenager injured and his friend dead, a coroner has cleared an expedition company of neglect over its responsibility to protect the student.

Scott Bennell-Smith from St Mellion was on a school trip to Norway when it happened.

He was sharing a tent with 17 year old Horatio Chappel who was mauled to death.

Ian Singleton, assistant coroner for Wiltshire and Swindon, returned a narrative verdict at the conclusion of a five-week long inquest into the death of Horatio Chapple who died on an adventure holiday to the remote Svalbard islands in August 2011 with the British Schools Exploring Society (BSES) - now renamed the British Exploring Society (BES).

The coroner found that although the group were missing items of equipment including parts of the tripwire alert system, BSES had not acted with "neglect".

Experts say the polar bear was hungry and had toothache.

4:33pm 18th July 2014

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