All polar explorers from fatal trip flown home

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Every member of an expedition in which a British teenager was killed by a polar bear will have returned home today.

The trip was organised by the British Schools Expedition Society, which currently has groups in the Amazon and Himalayas. Last night it promised to "leave no stone unturned" as it reviewed its safety procedures and equipment. The Norwegian authorities are also investigating the incident.

The two expedition leaders who survived last Friday's attack were yesterday flown back to Britain for further care. The two teenagers who were sharing a tent with Horatio Chapple, 17, who was killed by the bear, were flown back to hospitals near their homes on Sunday.

Patrick Flinders, 16, from Jersey, had some of the bear's teeth and some bones removed from his skull during emergency surgery in Norway. The bear had Patrick's head in its mouth, leaving him with a fractured skull, a ripped ear, bruised face and damaged eyes.