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Tributes paid to Surrey journalist killed by crocodile in Sri Lanka

Paul McClean was holidaying with friends in Sri Lanka. Credit: Twitter

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

Financial Times reporter Paul McClean was said to have been washing his hands in the river when he was attacked by the reptile.

The 24-year-old Oxford University graduate is thought to have been staying with friends at the East Beach Surf Resort near Elephant Rock in the south-east of the island.

Staff at the paper have been left "heartbroken by the tragic and untimely death", a statement said.

A search operation was launched and it is understood Mr McClean's body has now been recovered.

James Lamont, managing editor of the Financial Times, said: "Few details are known about the circumstances. We are liaising closely with his family and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and offering the FT's assistance.Our thoughts are with his family, friends and loved ones. We are in touch with them, doing all we can to help during this difficult time."

Mr McClean, originally from Thames Ditton in Surrey, was "a talented, energetic and dedicated young journalist" he said, adding that he had "a great career ahead of him at the FT".

Arugam Bay in Sri Lanka, near where Paul McClean was thought to be staying Credit: Kondephy/Creative Commons