The four British survivors of a deadly polar bear attack in Norway’s Arctic Svalbard archipelago have been operated on and two of them, including a teenage boy who had to have some of the bear’s teeth removed from his skull, have been transferred back to the U.K., according to reports.
None of the injuries were life threatening, University Hospital in Tromsoe spokeswoman Marit Einejord said, adding that the four were resting after surgery. British Ambassador Jane Owen, who visited the group in the hospital, said they were “all bearing up well.”
The grieving family of 17-year-old Horatio Chapple, who died in the attack, paid tribute to a schoolboy they described as “strong, fearless and kind.” His relatives said in a statement that he had been “so excited about his plans to be a doctor” and praised his “amazing sense of humor and ability to laugh at himself.”
According to the BBC and other U.K. media, 16-year-old Patrick Flinders underwent emergency surgery in Norway to have the bear’s teeth pulled from his skull prior to making the trip back to southern England, along with another injured boy of the same age, Scott Bennell-Smith.