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Fri Sep 15, 2017, 12:32 PM

Financial Times journalist is killed in crocodile attack on surfing vacation in Sri Lanka



Paul McClean, a 24-year-old British journalist for the Financial Times, died following a crocodile attack Thursday afternoon while he was vacationing with friends in Sri Lanka, according to local authorities.

McClean, along with a group of seven friends, had been surfing Thursday on a beach known as Elephant Rock, a popular tourist destination between Arugam Bay and the city of Panama in southeast Sri Lanka. Afterward, McClean needed to relieve himself and ventured alone into a nearby area, overgrown with vegetation, according to Fawas Lafeer, the owner of Safa Surf School, which is located about a mile up the coast.

McClean then dipped his hands into a nearby lagoon to wash up, Lafeer told The Washington Post, citing local witnesses.

Lafeer, who was about 10 feet away at the time, suddenly heard a fisherman screaming. He ran to the muddy lagoon, where a fisherman told him a crocodile had dragged a tourist McClean underwater. For a fleeting moment, Lafeer saw an arm reaching out of the water, he told The Post.

So very sad, so young.

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