Young British journalist killed in crocodile attack in Sri Lanka

Frederick Owens
September 16, 2017

Paul McClean, a journalist with the Financial Times, was with his friends near a popular surf spot when he apparently wandered away to use the bathroom, The Telegraph reports.

Search and rescue teams combed the area called Crocodile Rock to search for the 24-year-old, who was thought to be a journalist for the Financial Times.

McClean did his graduation from Oxford with a First Class Honors degree in French in 2015, and after that, he joined the Financial Times.

Mr McClean, aged in his mid-20s, was "a talented, energetic and dedicated young journalist" he said, adding that he had "a great career ahead of him at the FT". "Horrible. They are 90% sure it was a crocodile but a couple of the guys said there was quicksand in the lagoon", the tourist, who didn't want to be named, told The Mirror.

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

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

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The Sri Lankan navy and the police were all on searching for McClean.

"We are in touch with them, doing all we can to help during this hard time". Earlier in the month of April, a 13-year-old girl was attacked and dragged away by a crocodile while she was enjoying a day out with her family at Pulnewa Lake, in Galnewa.

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.

Residents said crocodiles often visit the area. There is a river connected to Elephant Rock, and he went in the river.

At the time of his death, McClean was working on the fastFT desk.

Like most Everton fans, McClean longed for the successes of yesteryear, but was an avid supporter of the club through thick and thin and was surely looking forward to the inevitable rise of the Blues.

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