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British journalist dies in crocodile attack

British journalist dies in crocodile attack

"The crocodiles take the bodies along river and hide them in the mud, so I don't think he will be found until the day after tomorrow".

The FT said on its website that the cause of death had not been established but that McClean's body had been identified by friends. "There were six or seven wounds on his right leg", a police official told AFP by telephone.

The Financial Times journalist had wandered nearly half a mile from the main surf beach in Arugam Bay to use the...

McClean, who worked for the Financial Times, was holidaying with friends near Arugam Bay on the island's southeast coast.

He said McClean, 24, was a "a talented, energetic and dedicated young journalist" who had "a great career ahead of him at the FT".

The navy, army and the task force have been sent to search for McClean's body but the river connected to Elephant Rock is deep and waters murky, said the owner of Safa Surf School Fawas Lafeer.

Staff at the newspaper on Friday paid tribute to Paul McClean, who joined the publication as a graduate trainee two years ago, describing him as "warm, amusing and talented".

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Sri Lankan Police have started investigating the case and are searching across the shore covering the area.

A spokesman from the Foreign Office has said they are assisting McClean's family.

"Crocodiles in Sri Lanka live only in the fresh, back waters of the jungle". This is a sad time.

McClean reportedly "waved his hands in the air" for help after being grabbed and dragged underwater by the reptile at a lagoon called Crocodile Rock.

"He was walking on a beach where a small river meets the sea, it's named Crocodile Rock for that reason obviously".

"This is the first-known crocodile attack in Sri Lanka".

Crocodile attacks on people are rare in Sri Lanka. Authorities often warn residents and tourists to steer clear of marshy areas, especially during monsoon season.