COLOMBO: A British man has died in Sri Lanka after reportedly being dragged into a river by a crocodile.
Paul McClean, who is believed to have been a reporter for the Financial Times, was washing his hands in the river when he was attacked by the reptile.
Search and rescue teams combed the area – a lagoon known as Crocodile Rock – in a desperate attempt to find him alive.
It is reported the 24-year-old was staying with four friends at the East Beach Surf Resort near Elephant Rock in the south east of the island.
A spokesman for the Foreign Office said: “We are assisting the family of a British man who has died in Sri Lanka.”