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Saturday 12 Jul 2014

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Anton Turner: BBC statement

The BBC issued the following statement at 6.30pm today, Friday 30 October 2009:

"It is with regret that we confirm the death this morning of Anton Turner, 38, on location in Tanzania. Anton was the expedition guide for the filming of an episode of the CBBC series Serious Explorers which was tracing the footsteps of Livingstone's famous journey in Africa. We understand at this stage that he was charged by an elephant and was mortally injured. A doctor was travelling with the expedition and treated Anton at the scene, but we understand that Anton died shortly after the incident.

"Three children were with the filming party at the time of the accident and are all safe. Their safety remains a priority, and all the children have been be airlifted from the area. We are also consulting their parents and production of the programme has ceased. Four other children who were also in Tanzania in connection with the programme will also return home.

"Anton's relatives have been informed and the BBC is arranging for them to fly to Africa as soon as possible. We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Anton's family and friends.

"Anton was an extremely experienced expedition safari and wildlife ranger and former Army officer who had worked with the BBC in the past. As is usual with a serious accident an immediate and thorough BBC investigation into the circumstances of this incident has already begun."

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