Published: Tue, July 31, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Cruise Ship Employee Kills Polar Bear Following Attack

Cruise Ship Employee Kills Polar Bear Following Attack

The German victim, who worked as a guard, is awake and in a stable condition with moderate injuries.

Earlier this month, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police confirmed that a 31-year-old man called Aaron Gibbons had been killed in a tragic polar bear attack while protecting his children in the Canadian territory of Nunavut. The first guard apparently did not see the bear, which then attacked him and injured him "on his head".

The polar bear was shot dead by another employee, the cruise company said on Saturday. They then set up a land station and check the area again to make sure that there are no polar bears in sight.

Etminan said the man was a "polar bear guard" traveling aboard the "MS Bremen" because all cruise ships traveling in the northern region are obliged to have polar bear guards on board.

The Joint Rescue Coordination for Northern Norway tweeted this weekend to confirm that the worker had been injured by a polar bear at Sjuøyane, which is north of Svalbard.

"In an act of self-defence, unfortunately, it was necessary for the polar bear to be shot dead", the cruise line said.

Spitsbergen is the largest island of the archipelago which is located in the Arctic Ocean, about midway between continental Norway and the North Pole.

A port schedule at Longyearbyen shows that 18 more cruise ships are expected to dock there over the next week.

The statement explains that in preparing to take a group of visitors ashore in Spitzbergen - a Norwegian archipelago - an advance group of polar guards are sent ashore without passengers. The area is known for its polar bears, sea lions and stark landscapes. "One of the guards was unexpectedly attacked by a polar bear that had not been spotted and he was unable to react himself".

The polar bear population is being hit hard by the effects of global warming. In 2015, Czech Jakub Moravec was pulled out of the tent by a polar bear, but escaped with slight damage.

One user suggested: "If you need a 4-person polar bear guard team perhaps you should not be visiting here".

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