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Financial Times journalist killed in crocodile attack in Sri Lanka

Financial Times journalist killed in crocodile attack in Sri Lanka

A British journalist has been killed after a crocodile snatched him while he was washing his hands near a beach in Sri Lanka.

The Financial Times published a tribute to McClean, calling him a "first-class journalist in the making".

He is thought to have been staying with friends at the East Beach Surf Resort near Elephant Rock in the South East of the island. A native of Surrey, he was an Oxford graduate, with a First Class Honours degree in French, which he completed in 2015, before he joined the FT team.

Usually, crocodiles dwell inside fresh back waters of the jungle and are never seen near the beach because the salt water turns them blind.

The owner of Safa Surf School, Fawas Lafeer, said that the witnesses definitely saw a crocodile take him into the water.

Sri Lankan police and the army are said to be searching the shore surrounding the area.

Lafeer arrived to briefly see an outstretched arm reaching out of the water, the Post reported.

He added, "we are in touch with them, doing all we can to help during this hard time".

He had reportedly been trying to wash his hands.

Lafeer said crocodiles had been known to hide bodies in the mud. 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.

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

Residents said crocodiles often visit the area.

A keen squash player and football fan - he described himself as a "long-suffering Evertonian" - McClean was tireless when mastering a new beat, investing weeks in understanding aviation issues to produce a groundbreaking piece explaining the implications of Brexit on the sector.

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

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