Briton dies during Greenland expedition

Philip Goodeve-Docker who died after getting into difficulty during a trip to Greenland. Picture: PA

Philip Goodeve-Docker who died after getting into difficulty during a trip to Greenland. Picture: PA

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A BRITISH man has died after getting into difficulty during an expedition in Greenland, the Foreign Office has said.

Philip Goodeve-Docker was crossing the Greenland ice cap with two friends on a ‘trip of a lifetime’ when the group got into trouble.

The three were rescued by local authorities but Mr Goodeve-Docker died.

The other two British men remain in hospital.

A spokeswoman for the Foreign Office said they were alerted to the situation on Sunday.

“We are aware that British nationals were in difficulty during an expedition in Greenland and have been rescued by the authorities,” she said.

“Sadly one of the men, Philip Goodeve-Docker, died.

“The two other British nationals are in hospital.

“We are providing consular assistance to their families at this time.”

On a fundraising website set up by Mr Goodeve-Docker, he described the trip as a 550-600km challenge across the world’s second largest ice cap which would take between 30 to 35 days.

He spoke of the dangers that he could face during what turned into a fatal trip.

“This is one of the great polar challenges, through which we face such dangers as polar bears (not cute and cuddly), crevasses up to 500 metres deep, polar winds, temperatures of 5C to -50C, plus the horror of 3 men with one tent & no washing,” he said.

On his Facebook website his family said: “We wanted to let everyone know that on Sunday morning we had a phone call to confirm that Philip sadly died.

“To our son, brother and friend, we are so glad that you were on your adventure and expedition that you had wanted to do for so long. You will be unbelievably missed and your memory cherished. xx”

He had raised more than £5,000 for the The Queen’s Nursing Institute.

He dedicated the trip to his grandfather who died two years ago.

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