Stab Magazine | Surfer Killed By Croc In Sri Lanka

Surfer Killed By Croc In Sri Lanka

British journalist for the Financial Times seen “waving his hands in the air” before being dragged under near Arugam Bay.

Words by stab

Today in everything in and around the ocean that wants you dead.

A 25 year-old tourist has met a horrifying demise after being taken by a prehistoric predator, whole enjoying one of Sri Lanka’s most popular surf destinations.

Paul McClean, a British journalist for the Financial Times, reportedly separated from the rest of his pals to find a toilet when he was pulled in by a crocodile at a lagoon adjacent to Elephant Rock, near Arugam Bay. 

The budding surfer was last seen “waving his hands in the air” in desperation before being dragged under, reports London publication, 

The Sun

The lagoon, appropriately referred as ‘Crocodile Rock’ by locals, is known to be literally “crawling” with the killing machines*.

The attack comes a year after the world couldn’t resist peeking at graphic images of a surfer locked in battle with a crocodile in Costa Rica (he literally tears the fucker’s jaws from his face).

Authorities have yet to retrieve Mr McClean’s remains. Thoughts and well wishes go out to Paul’s friends and family.

*Trivial facts from Wikipedia: There are two different kinds of crocodile that live in Sri Lanka, the Marsh, or “mugger”, crocodile and the saltwater crocodile. The former species are known to be highly intelligent predators that wait in murky waters to ambush their prey.


Comments are a Stab Premium feature. Gotta join to talk shop.

Already a member? Sign In

Want to join? Sign Up


Most Recent

We’re Having Trouble Picking Snapt4’s ‘Best Barrel’ and Monster ‘Maneuver’

Here are the official nominees. Help us out.

Nov 27, 2021

Stab Podcast: Will Peninsula Boy Kelly Slater Spin His Way To Glory At Haleiwa?

Let's hope nobody leaves a menacing note on his car.

Nov 26, 2021


Watch: Lucas Godfrey Is The Most Barreled Man Of The Summer

Puerto Escondido has rarely been surfed like this.

Nov 26, 2021

Watch: Final Episode Of Stab Highway Presented By Monster Energy

It's time to go home.

Nov 26, 2021


Every Once In A While, A Genuine Super-Talent Rears His Pretty Little Head

Bronson Meydi might be that kid.

Nov 25, 2021

Haydenshapes Is Doing A Flash Sale On Their Most Precious Blood Diamonds

7 limited edition ‘altered’ surfboards, discounts, and an exclusive art series rollout across stock models.

Nov 25, 2021

Who’s Going To Make The CT This Year?

Haleiwa, prophesied.

Nov 24, 2021

Let’s Get You A Free Private Session At URBNSURF

We're treating six Stab Premium members to a free surf and tickets to the URBNSURF…

Nov 24, 2021


Nic Von Rupp Just Tamed A Giant Nazaré Tube By Hand (No Ski)

Yes, this is a paddle-in.

Nov 23, 2021


Watch: The Best ‘Shit Waves’ We’ve Seen With Dane Reynolds And Co.

Everything is relative.

Nov 23, 2021

Luca Padua Is A Badass Motherfucker

Meet the 19-year old big-wave prodigy being mentored by Laird Hamilton.

Nov 23, 2021

“My Wife Probably Wouldn’t Have Been Bitten By A Pit Viper If We Lived On A Charter Boat”

A land-based surf camp owner explains how his life and business differ from a boat-based…

Nov 23, 2021


Jordy And J-Bay Go Together Like Old Bay And Popcorn

Grab a fistful and inhale.

Nov 22, 2021

Opinion: In The Age Of The Vlog, It’s Getting Harder To Find Good Surf Films

Surfing and storytelling are two entirely different skillsets.

Nov 22, 2021


Cole Houshmand Gets Crapped On By A Bird, Proceeds To Score Out Of His Mind

Smooth, surgical lines from the San Clemente gentleman in 'Good Luck'.

Nov 22, 2021


Erin Brooks Is A Rare Type Of Talent — We Can’t Stop Watching

Watch the Ladybird air-drop into Kandui caverns with a grin on her face.

Nov 22, 2021

Watch: Harry Bryant’s Feary Sydney Harbour Bridge Swim

One for the history books.

Nov 22, 2021

Surfers Have Been Luckier Than Most Throughout COVID

Surfing is one of the few outlets you could pursue (mostly) risk-free and legally.

Nov 21, 2021