Brit confirmed dead after crocodile attack in Sri Lanka

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The body of Financial Times reporter Paul McClean, suspected to have been killed by a crocodile, has been found in Sri Lanka on Friday, 15 September.

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

"We believe it was a 25-year-old British man by the name of Paul McClean who was on holiday in Sri Lanka with a group of friends".

McClean, a graduate of Britain's prestigious Oxford University, joined the Financial Times in 2015. "There's a lagoon right next to the sea he went to the toilet next to the lagoon and was grabbed by a crocodile", a Scottish tourist, who is now on holiday in the area, said.

FT managing editor James Lamont told the paper: "Our thoughts are with his family, friends and loved ones".

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

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

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McClean reportedly "waved his hands in the air" for help after being grabbed and dragged underwater by the reptile at a lagoon called Crocodile Rock. His most recent FT story explored the threat to champagne production from climate change.

"Local search and rescue teams are working alongside the police and British Embassy in an attempt to locate the man's body".

It's understood he was dragged into a lagoon while washing his hands.

"This is the first-known crocodile attack in Sri Lanka".

He said a colleague told him a body had been found but is yet to be identified by police. However, earlier this month, wildlife authorities reported that a crocodile had seriously injured a wild elephant in the south of the island.

Crocodile attacks on people are rare in Sri Lanka.

The lagoon is known to have crocodiles and is located yards away from Elephant Rock near Arugam Bay on the southeast coast of the country, The Sun said.

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