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Mr McClean’s body was found in a lagoon near Elephant Rock, south of Arugam Bay – Getty Images

London- British journalist who works for the Financial Times was killed by a crocodile while holidaying in Sri Lanka, BBC reported Friday.

Paul McClean, an Oxford University graduate joined the FT as a graduate trainee two years ago.

The BBC quoted an eyewitness as saying local people had heard him screaming for help as he was pulled into a river near Arugam Bay where he was spending his holiday along with his friends.

“By the time they went to the spot where the croc attacked, they couldn’t save him because already the crocodile had pulled him inside the water so they couldn’t see what was going on,” it quoted Fawas Lafeer, the owner of a surf school, as saying.

FT stated on its website that his body had been identified by friends.

James Lamont, FT managing editor, said “Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with Paul’s family.”