Crocodile kills Bri­tish jour­nal­ist hol­i­day­ing in Sri Lanka


COLOMBO: A young Bri­tish jour­nal­ist was dragged into a river and killed by a crocodile while hol­i­day­ing in Sri Lanka, the coun­try’s navy said on Fri­day.

Paul McClean, 24, who worked in Lon­don for the Fi­nan­cial Times, had been on a surf­ing hol­i­day in the pop­u­lar east­ern coastal area of Arugam­bay when the in­ci­dent oc­curred on Thurs­day, the navy said. His body was found on Fri­day.

“The navy was able to re­cover the body of a for­eigner who had been snatched by a crocodile on Septem­ber 14,” the Sri Lankan navy said in a state­ment.

The BBC quoted an eye­wit­ness as say­ing lo­cal peo­ple had heard him scream­ing for help as he was pulled into the river.

“By the time they went to the spot where the croc at­tacked, they couldn’t save him be­cause al­ready the crocodile had pulled him in­side the water so they couldn’t see what was go­ing on,” it quoted Fawas Lafeer, the owner of a surf school, as say­ing.

McClean, an Ox­ford Univer­sity grad­u­ate with a first-class de­gree in French, joined the FT as a grad­u­ate trainee two years ago and worked most re­cently for the fastFT news ser­vice.

James La­mont, the FT’s man­ag­ing ed­i­tor, de­scribed McClean as “a tal­ented, en­er­getic and ded­i­cated young jour­nal­ist” who had had “a great ca­reer ahead of him” at the news­pa­per.

“Our thoughts are with his fam­ily, friends and loved ones,” La­mont said.

Paul McClean

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