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Polar bear schoolboy death: Leader tried to 'take out' animal's eyes

The leader of an Arctic expedition, in which a polar bear mauled an Eton schoolboy to death, has said he tried to gouge out the animal's eyes.

Michael Reid told an inquest into the death of Horatio Chapple, 17, from Salisbury, he had tried to shoot the bear but his rifle did not fire.

The boy died in 2011 on an expedition to Svalbard, Norway, organised by the British Schools Exploring Society.

Sarah Ransome reports.

  • 08 Jul 2014
  • From the section UK
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