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A Sri Lankan saltwater crocodile.
A Sri Lankan saltwater crocodile.
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A British journalist was killed by a crocodile while holidaying in Sri Lanka

Paul McLean was on a beach and it’s believed he stumbled into an area infested with crocodiles.
Sep 15th 2017, 7:56 AM 24,834 39

SRI LANKAN POLICE have found the body of a 24-year-old British journalist, Paul McClean, who is suspected to have been killed by a crocodile.

Divers found McClean’s corpse in the mud of a lagoon in the coastal village of Panama, 360 km east of the capital Colombo by road, a police spokesman said.

“There were six or seven wounds on his right leg,” a police official told AFP by telephone.

“The body was stuck in mud at about the same place where he was seen last by some others who were with him.”

A crocodile is believed to have dragged McClean away yesterday afternoon, the officer said, but a post-mortem examination later Friday would formally establish the cause of death.

British media reports said McClean, who worked for the Financial Times, was holidaying in Sri Lanka with friends.

He was on a beach and had wandered away to find a toilet when he stumbled into an area known to be infested with crocodiles.

Other holidaymakers in the area alerted police after McClean disappeared and a search was mounted with the help of navy divers.

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Crocodile attacks are rare in Sri Lanka. However, earlier this month, wildlife authorities reported that a crocodile had seriously injured a wild elephant in the south of the island.

During monsoon floods in May, authorities warned people in inundated areas to beware of stray crocodiles.

© – AFP 2017

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