Polar bear shot dead after attacking cruise ship guard

31 July, 2018, 13:03 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • The man was a crew member onboard MS Bremen operated by Hapag Lloyd Cruises. Source Hapag-LloydMore

He was assigned to protect tourists who had landed on Svalbard's northernmost island from the MS Bremen, which is operated by Hapag-Lloyd Cruises.

A polar bear has been shot dead after injuring a cruise ship guard on Norway's Svalbard archipelago, inside the Arctic Circle.

According to Hapag Lloyd Cruises, all of its cruise ships traveling in the region are obliged to have polar bear guards aboard. The injured employee was taken by helicopter to the town of Longyearbyen with injuries that are not life-threatening. His condition has not been made available, but the spokeswoman said he was "responsive".

The polar bear which was shot by a cruise ship guard after it attacked a fellow employee in Spitsbergen, Norway.

This is not the first time people are attacked by polar bears on Svalbard.

This worker is unidentified but is part of the ship's "Bear Watch Team" - an armed teamed trained to accompany the expedition leaders as they guide passengers on excursions.


The company has been widely criticised on social media, with accusations that the cruise line company was irresponsible for killing the animal in the name of tourism. "They then set up a land station and check the area again to make sure that there are no polar bears in sight", the statement continues. It was not clear who shot the bear.

Usually "as soon as an animal approaches, the landing stops immediately", Krause added. In 2015, Czech Jakub Moravec was pulled out of the tent by a polar bear, but escaped with slight damage.

In this case, one of the guards was attacked unexpectedly by a polar bear that had not been spotted.

Critics on Twitter, including British comedian Ricky Gervais, blamed the attack on human intrusion into polar bear territories. Polar bears are also facing extinction due to global warming.

Online commenters were furious as the woman defended the photo saying she killed the 18-year-old black giraffe as an act of conservation.

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