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Crocodile Attack in Sri Lanka Kills Journalist

Crocodile Attack in Sri Lanka Kills Journalist

In this photo taken on July 24, 2015, a crocodile sunbathes on a river bank at Yala National Park, the most visited and second largest national park in Sri Lanka. (Ishara S. Kodikara/AFP/Getty Images)

Saturday, 16 September 2017 12:00 PM

A Crocodile attack in Sri Lanka is suspected in the death of British journalist Paul McClean, whose body was found by police Friday.

Divers found McClean's corpse in the mud of a lagoon in the coastal village of Panama, 360 kilometres (225 miles) 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, 24, away on Thursday 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.

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 2018

   
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