Friday, September 15, 2017

Just when you thought it was safe to take a leak by a lagoon

Below is an article as reported 9/14/2014 by The Sun into which I felt compelled to insert brilliant commentary!

In spite of the sarcasm, this is actually quite sad.  Being eaten alive is one of the few fears I have and the reason I try to carry a side arm at all times!

Reporter for prestigious newspaper eaten by crocodile while relieving himself in lagoon

Below is the article as reported 9/14/2014 by The Sun followed by brilliant commentary!


A Financial Times journalist was killed by a crocodile while washing his hands at a lagoon in Sri Lanka during a holiday with pals.

Paul McClean, 25, an Oxford University graduate, is understood to have wandered away from his group of friends to find a toilet when he was attacked.

The British victim is believed to have been dragged under water at a lagoon called Crocodile Rock near a popular surf spot after being ambushed by the reptile.

AMitW - I'm no Sherlock Holmes but the fact the area was called CROCODILE ROCK should have provided a fairly decent clue that this is not a good place to relieve oneself!

McClean graduated from Oxford with a First class honors degree in French in 2015 before joining the Financial Times later that year.

AMitW - I'm thinking a concentration in Herpetology would have been useful too!

He had covered Brexit and the European Union for the newspaper and had recently returned to London after living in Brussels for a couple of months.

The lagoon, known to be crawling with crocodiles, is yards away from popular surf spot Elephant Rock near Arugam Bay on the southeast coast.
AMitW - Crocodile Rock and Elephant Rock?  Sri Lankans are apparently an awfully creative bunch at naming places.

"Hey buddy, can you tell me how to get to the Dambulla cave temple?"

"Sure, travel past Bird Rock, take a left at Dog Rock and and then veer right at Mexican Jumping Spider Rock.  You can't miss it"

Sri Lankan police and the army are said to be searching the shore surrounding the area.

Locals claimed the victim had been staying at the East Beach Surf Resort - located just minutes away from the surfing area he went missing from.

Fawas Lafeer, owner of Safa Surf School, located up the coast from where the incident happened, said: “A local fisherman witnessed a man being dragged into a river, set back from the beach, by a crocodile. The fisherman was on the opposite side of the river and downstream of the incident location."

He added:“This is the first known crocodile attack in Sri Lanka. Both tourists and locals surf at Elephant Rock, which is a beautiful secluded beach and very safe.

“Crocodiles in Sri Lanka live only in the fresh, back waters of the jungle. It is almost unheard of for them to come close to the beach. The salt water actually turns them blind.

“Local search and rescue teams are working alongside the police and British Embassy in attempt to locate the man's body."

Meanwhile, a Scottish tourist, who wishes to remain anonymous, said: “A British tourist was at a surf spot called Elephant rock.

"There's a lagoon right next to the sea. He went to the toilet next to the lagoon and was grabbed by a crocodile.

“There are lots in the lagoon. People last saw his arms in the air in the water and then was grabbed under. I was there but didn’t see it happen though. Horrible."


A Man who Carefully Relieves Himself in the Woods