FoxNews A “talented and dedicated” journalist with the Financial Times is being mourned by friends and colleagues after he was pulled underwater and killed by a crocodile in Sri Lanka on Thursday. Paul McClean, 24, had wandered away from his friends to locate a toilet and was reportedly seen waving his hands in the air when he was attacked at a lagoon called Crocodile Rock near Arugam Bay. The owner of a surf school in the area told The Sun that a local fisherman had witnessed a man being dragged into the river by a crocodile. The Sun reports that a tourist from Australia wrote on Facebook: “A croc just took a tourist bloke in Sri Lanka. He was walking on a beach where a small river meets the sea, it’s named Crocodile Rock for that reason obviously.”Earlier this year, a teenage girl was attacked and dragged away by a crocodile in another part of Sri Lanka, according to the Sun. McClean had covered Brexit for the salmon-colored newspaper and recently came back to London after a stint living in Brussels. “Paul was a natural,” said Lionel Barber, FT editor. “He had charm, curiosity and attention to detail — the essential ingredients for a top reporter.” McClean grew up just outside of London, graduated from Oxford with a degree in French, and spent a year abroad teaching English and translating for local police officers in Ardennes, France, according to the FT. “He made journalism look easy,” Scheherazade Daneshkhu, the FT’s consumer industries editor, told the FT.
When in a foreign country, you need to make sure that you totally familiarize yourself with the dangers of your new surroundings, because a seemingly menial task can prove fatal. A British journalist named Paul McClean was visiting Sri Lanka, and he wandered off from his group to use the bathroom, then waded into the water of a lagoon to wash his hands. Unbeknownst to Paul McClean, the lagoon is created by an area where a river meets the sea, which makes the area densely populated by hungry crocodiles which lie in wait to catch food that is washed from the river into the sea. McClean waded into the waters in an area which is known to locals as “Crocodile Rock”, but unlike in the Elton John song by the same name, the situation quickly turned deadly. The crocodile grabbed McClean and dragged him underwater, and an everyday task like washing your hands after using the bathroom ultimately led to McClean’s unfortunate death. When visiting another country, always consider that situations which you take for granted in your daily life could be extremely dangerous in that country, familiarize yourself with your new surroundings or you run the risk of paying a serious price.
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