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BRIT KILLED BY CROC ON RIVER TRIP; Search continues for dingy pal.

Byline: Ellen Branagh

A BRITISH worker has been eaten by a crocodile while on a river trip in India.

Ian Turton was with another Briton, Michael Easton, when they were attacked on the croc-infested Cauvery River, near Bangalore.

Rescuers found the pair's inflatable dinghy with puncture marks believed to have been caused by the creatures.

Michael, from London, is still missing.

The Foreign Office said local authorities were continuing to search the area. A spokeswoman said: "We can confirm the death of a British national while on an excursion on the Cauvery River. Another British national is still missing.

"We are providing consular assistance to the families."

The 497-mile Cauvery River runs across three of the southern Indian states, including Tamil Nadu, where Ian, from York, worked for US car parts maker Tenneco Automotive.

Last night, Sandro Paparelli, vice president of Tenneco Ride Control Europe, said: "Ian was a valued member of our advanced manufacturing and engineering team.

"He worked in a variety of Tenneco locations to support the company's international expansion.

"We are all profoundly saddened by this tragic loss of life and extend our deepest sympathies to Ian's family and friends."

Yesterday, Ian's brother Nigel described him as a "very resourceful and adventurous man".

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