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Briton Dies In Crocodile Infested River
One British man has died and another is missing after falling into a crocodile-infested river in India.
The men, reported to be Ian Turton, from York, and Michael Easton, from west London, went missing during an excursion on the Cauvery River near Bangalore, India.
One of the men is dead, thought to be Mr Turton, while the other, believed to be Mr Easton, is still missing.
The Foreign Office said local authorities are continuing to search the area.
A spokesman said: "We can confirm the death of a British national while on an excursion on the Cauvery River near Bangalore, India. Another British national is still missing.
"The local authorities continue their search of the area. We are providing consular assistance to the families."
No further details were provided.
It is feared that the men have been killed by crocodiles, which are very common along the 497-mile (800km) river.
Rescuers are said to have found the pair's inflatable dinghy, which bore puncture marks believed to have been caused by the creatures.
The Cauvery River runs across three of the southern Indian states, including Tamil Nadu, where Mr Turton is believed to have been working for US company Tenneco Automotive.
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what do you think?
Why would anyone want to go in an inflatable dingy in a river infested with one of the planet's most vicious predators ?
Possibly, because, the warning signs were written in Hindi and other scripts or there were no warning signs because the locals assumed everyone knew it was infested with crocodiles or the travellers thought they could get across quick without being eaten. Or the locals couldn't speak English and tried to warn them about crocodiles but the English speaking tourists couldn't understand what they were shouting? Or someone said, "Yes, it is a very safe river to swim through, just don't swim over that part there." Any number of other reasons?