Page last updated at 20:15 GMT, Friday, 30 October 2009

Charging elephant kills BBC guide

Map of Tanzania
Mr Turner was an ex-army officer who had worked with the BBC before

A man who worked as an expedition guide for a BBC children's programme has died after being charged by an elephant in Tanzania, it has been revealed.

Anton Turner, a 38-year-old Briton, was assisting with the filming of an episode of the CBBC series Serious Explorers, a spokeswoman said.

The show was tracing the footsteps of explorer David Livingstone in Africa.

"We understand at this stage that he was charged by an elephant and was mortally injured," she added.

A doctor who was travelling with the expedition treated Mr Turner at the scene, but it was understood he died shortly after the incident, the spokeswoman said.

"Three children were with the filming party at the time of the accident and are all safe. Their safety remains a priority, and all the children have been airlifted from the area.

She added: "We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Anton's family and friends. Anton was an extremely experienced expedition safari and wildlife ranger and former Army officer who had worked with the BBC in the past.

"As is usual with a serious accident an immediate and thorough BBC investigation into the circumstances of this incident has already begun."

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: "We can confirm the death of a British national in Tanzania on Friday.

"Next of kin are aware, and we are providing consular assistance."

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