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British Journalist Found Dead, Suspected Killed by Crocodile

16 September 2017, 01:06 | Terri Saunders

Paul Mc Clean has been identified as the man killed in Sri Lanka

Financial Times journalist killed by crocodile during holiday in Sri Lanka

A British tourist - Financial Times journalist Paul McClean - went missing in Sri Lanka after some witnesses saw him being dragged into a lagoon by a crocodile.

A friend from the university, who wished to remain anonymous, described McClean as an "incredibly lovely and considerate person" who was doing terrific work at FT.

McClean graduated from Oxford with a First Class Honours degree in French in 2015 before joining the Financial Times later that year.

The Financial Times confirmed his death, with the newspaper's news editor Peter Spiegel inviting people to remember the young reporter for his "great journalism and humanity". After surfing, he returned to the beach and later went to wash his hands in a nearby lagoon.

Mr McClean was seen by a local fisherman being "dragged into the river" by the crocodile, said Fawas Lafeer, owner of Safa Surf School.

The victim was seen "waving his hands in the air" before being dragged under the water.

He said: "We are liaising closely with his family and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and offering the FT's assistance. It was when he was washing his hands that the crocodile took him".

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"We are in touch with them, doing all we can to help during this hard time".

His most recent article, about the champagne industry, was published on Tuesday.

"There was a large crowd of Sri Lankan men surrounding them and they had bits of paper".

Lafeer said crocodiles had been known to hide bodies in the mud.

Lafeer said tourists and locals surf at Elephant Rock, which is considered "very safe".

Paul McClean was a reporter on the newspaper's FastFT newsdesk and covered a variety of subjects, especially those related to currency and economics. They are 90 percent sure it was a crocodile but a couple of the guys said there was quicksand in the lagoon, he added. The lagoon famous for the presence of crocodiles is just yards away from the well-known surf spot called the Elephant Rock.

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