Brit journalist snatched by killer crocodile as he washed hands at lagoon

The male tourist in his 20s was reportedly snatched by the crocodile as he was going to find a toilet near a popular surfing spot

I was there but didn't see it happen though. "Both tourists and locals surf at Elephant Rock, which is a lovely secluded beach and very safe", Mr Lafeer said. However, this month wildlife authorities reported that a crocodile had seriously injured a wild elephant in the south of the island.

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

"He went in the jungle, about 800 metres". Witnesses claimed that the Briton was pulled into the water while he was washing his hands.

Tributes have been paid to a "talented, energetic and dedicated" journalist who was reportedly killed by a crocodile while on holiday in Sri Lanka.

"Fishermen saw him attacked by the crocodile and then they screamed to the surfers to come and help", Fawas Lafeer, owner of the nearby Safa Surf School, told BBC Radio 5. He had graduated from Oxford with a First Class Honours degree in French in 2015 and had joined the Financial Times later that year.

The Guardian reports that the body was found on Friday with "six or seven wounds on his right leg".

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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.

One of McClean's colleagues responded to the incident with shock saying: "We're all totally stunned".

Mr McClean - a keen squash player and a football fan describing himself as a "long-suffering Evertonian" - had been working for the paper's fastFT news desk and had previously been posted in Brussels. "It's an absolute tragedy".

Reports suggest that the 24-year-old was last seen "waving his hands in the air" after being seized by a reptile at a lagoon called Crocodile Rock. A Scottish tourist said that a British tourist was there at the surf spot and he went to the toilet present next to the lagoon, and at that time the crocodile grabbed him.

"They can't do anything because the river is deep and murky, it is not very clear", Lafeer told The Telegraph. "They have sent out the navy, army and the task force", Lafeer said.

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