Financial Times reporter Paul McClean was killed in a crocodile attack while vacationing in Sri Lanka, The Washington Post reported.
McClean, 24, was surfing Thursday with friends on Elephant Rock Beach, between Arugam Bay and the city of Panama, according to the newspaper. After surfing, he returned to the beach and later went to wash his hands in a nearby lagoon.
Fawas Lafeer, owner of a surfing school, told the Post he heard a fisherman suddenly scream that a crocodile had dragged a tourist — McClean — into the muddy water.
Lafeer arrived to briefly see an outstretched arm reaching out of the water, the Post reported.
"At the last minute, we saw the fingers," he said. "We tried to find the body, we couldn't."
By the time authorities arrived at the scene, it was too dark to search the lagoon, the newspaper said. A body, identified as McClean, was found about 50-feet from the shore on Friday.
The Financial Times published a tribute to McClean, calling him a "first-class journalist in the making."
"Our thoughts are with his family, friends and loved ones," said James Lamont, Financial Times managing editor, in the Washington Post. "We are in touch with them, doing all we can to help during this difficult time."
And Brussels Bureau Chief Alex Barker added: "He was one hell of a reporter if he was on your case."
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