The incident occurred as Scottish wildlife cameraman Gordon Buchanan followed a wild polar bear family in Svalbard, Norway over the course of three seasons for a new documentary series that starts on BBC Two next week.
You can watch The Polar Bear Family & Me on Monday 7 January at 21:30 on BBC Two
Horatio’s parents are appealing the decision by the Norway authorities to exonerate the British Schools Expedition Society (BSES) from criminal liability.
The 17-year-old, an aspiring medical student, died after he was mauled by a polar bear on an expedition organised by the BSES to the Arctic island of Svalbard.
The island’s governor ruled that the death had been the result of “a number of unfortunate circumstances”, and that the tour leaders Michael Reid and Andy Ruck had taken all statutory precautions.
“The Governor has found that neither the BSES nor any other individuals acted negligently under criminal law, and no criminal charges will be made,” the governors office said in a press release.
Horatio’s father David, a spinal surgeon from Salisbury, has instructed his Oslo lawyers to appeal the ruling to the prosecutors’ office in Norway’s far Northern Troms and Finnmark county.