Published: Sat, September 16, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Body of British journalist, dragged away by a crocodile in Panama, found

Body of British journalist, dragged away by a crocodile in Panama, found

A friend from the university, who wished to remain anonymous, described McClean as an "incredibly lovely and considerate person" who was doing terrific work at FT.

Financial Times editor Lionel Barber paid tribute to McLean on Twitter: "Paul McClean was an outstanding young journalist with a great future at the FT".

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

It's understood he was dragged into a lagoon while washing his hands. "Horrible ... They are 90% sure it was a crocodile but a couple of the guys said there was quicksand in the lagoon". "There were six or seven wounds on his right leg", a police official told AFP by telephone.

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The army is reportedly searching land around the shore because crocodiles won;t eat in the water, preferring to drag their prey onto dry land. This is a sad time.

McClean, who grew up just outside of London in Thames Ditton, Surrey, graduated from Oxford university with a first-class honours degree in French, having spent his year overseas teaching English and translating for local police officers as the only Briton in that part of the rural Ardennes.

The last story he wrote was published two days ago on the impact of climate change on the champagne industry.

The Sri Lankan military launched a search and rescue operation and recovered his body earlier this morning (15 September).

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The reporter was on holiday with friends in Panama, about 225 miles (360km) east of the capital, Colombo.

A nearby business owner said Elephant Rock was secluded and "very safe".

The Financial Times said McClean's body was identified by friends he was vacationing in Sri Lanka.

Crocodile attacks are rare in Sri Lanka, but not unheard of.

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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. The incident occurred at a spot known as Crocodile Rock, which is located barely a few minutes' distance from a famous surfing beach.

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