Heart­bro­ken friends mourn reporter killed by croc­o­dile

Daily Express - - NEWS -

Yes­ter­day his friends had the grim task of for­mally iden­ti­fy­ing his body.

Wit­nesses told how Mr McClean was seen fran­ti­cally wav­ing his hands as he was snatched from the bank.

The group had been stay­ing at the nearby East Beach Surf Re­sort in the bay and were at the start of their break.

Mr McClean grew up in Thames Dit­ton, Sur­rey and grad­u­ated from Lady Margaret Hall, Ox­ford with a first class hon­ours de­gree in French in 2015.

He went straight from univer­sity to be­gin work as a grad­u­ate trainee at the Fi­nan­cial Times.

His col­league Katie Martin de­scribed him as “a tal­ented young jour­nal­ist with a cu­ri­ous mind” and “a joy to be around with an imp­ish sense of hu­mour”.

She wrote on Twit­ter: “The desk to my left is empty. This is a sad time. My heart goes to the friends and fam­ily of the charm­ing PS McClean.” James La­mont, man­ag­ing ed­i­tor of the Fi­nan­cial Times, de­scribed Mr McClean as “a tal­ented, en­er­getic and ded­i­cated young jour­nal­ist” who had “a great ca­reer ahead of him at the FT”.

He said: “We are li­ais­ing closely with his fam­ily and the For­eign and Com­mon­wealth Of­fice and of­fer­ing the FT’s as­sis­tance.

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

“We are in touch with them, do­ing all we can to help dur­ing this dif­fi­cult time.”

Mr McClean – a keen squash player and a foot­ball fan de­scrib­ing him­self as a “long-suf­fer­ing Ever­to­nian” – had been work­ing for the pa­per’s fastFT news desk and had pre­vi­ously been posted in Brus­sels.

Brus­sels bureau chief Alex Barker said: “He was one hell of a reporter if he was on your case.

“Paul was an in­spi­ra­tion to us all in the Brus­sels bureau. He had a rare gift: an eye for hid­den sto­ries, writ­ing flair and the charm to make peo­ple tell him any­thing and ev­ery­thing.”

Pic­tures: AFP, ALAMY

Sri Lankan res­cue teams at the spot, known lo­cally as Croc­o­dile Rock, where the jour­nal­ist was at­tacked by the rep­tile

Trib­utes...reporter Paul McClean

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.