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Robert Falcon Scott/Cause of death
Though he, too, exhibited all the symptoms of exhaustion hypothermia, his final decision to leave the tent meant that, ultimately, he died of acute (or immersion) hypothermia amid the whirling snows of the blizzard that raged outside.
While Sir Ernest Shackleton is often heralded as the hero of polar exploration, he had many contemporaries, among them British naval captain Robert Falcon Scott, who along with four of his men is still buried under the snows of the Antarctic.
When Scott and his party’s bodies were discovered, they had in their possession the first Antarctic fossils ever discovered….
|Robert Falcon Scott|
|Died||c. 29 March 1912 (aged 43) Ross Ice Shelf, Antarctica|
|Years of service||1881–1912|
March 29, 1912
Robert Falcon Scott/Date of death
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During all his planning of the British Antarctic Expedition on the Terra Nova, Scott had intended that the main objective was “to reach the South Pole, and to secure for the British Empire the honour of this achievement”.
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Scott is presumed to have died on 29 March 1912. The bodies of Scott and his companions were discovered months later by a search party. ▼ DID WE MISS SOMEONE?
Scott, Robert F.: Antarctic camp Camp of the Scott polar expedition in Antarctica, c. 1912. Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. The weather on the return journey was exceptionally bad. Evans died at Beardmore (February 17). Food and fuel supplies were low.
It seems that he was the last of the three to die. Of their other two companions, Edgar “Taff” Evans had died on the 17th of February and Captain Titus Oates “The Soldier” had walked out of the tent to his death on the 17th of March. The final camp was just 11 miles from a large depot of food and supplies “One Ton Depot”.
Eight months later, a party of explorers from base camp found the tip of the tent containing the bodies of Bowers, Scott and Wilson. Scott was lying with his two comrades on either side. Scott looked agitated, as if he had struggled to the last.