Crocodile Kills Young British Financial Times Journalist In Sri Lank

BBC reports Friday that a British man has been killed in Sri Lanka after being attacked by a crocodile. The news of the attacked was confirmed by the Man’s employer.

Paul McClean, 24, from Thames Ditton in Surrey, was dragged into a river near Arugam Bay, witnesses have said.

Fawas Lafeer, owner of the nearby Safa Surf School, told BBC Radio 5 live the man was washing his hands in the river when he was attacked.

He said: “Fishermen saw him attacked by the crocodile and they screamed to the surfers to come and help.”

Mr McClean was an Oxford University graduate who was working as a journalist for the Financial Times (FT). FT editor Lionel Barber said on Twitter: “Paul McClean was an outstanding young journalist with a great future at the FT.

We will miss him sorely.”

His body was retrieved by the Sri Lankan Navy from the river at around 20:45 local time. “This is the first time somebody has died in this river… we have had three attacks on the fishermen. [But] they did not die, they were injured,” Mr Lafeer told the BBC.

 

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