Briton dead and second missing after horror crocodile attack in India

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The body of a British man who went missing whilst holidaying with a friend on a crocodile infested river in India has been found.

Ian Turton, from York, was on holiday on the Cauvery River with a friend when he died.

It is thought Mr Turton was attacked and killed by a crocodile.

Rescuers have found an inflatable dinghy, thought to have been used by the pair with puncture marks that could have been caused by a crocodile.

Mr Turton's travelling companion Michael Easton, from London, is still missing, and is feared dead.

The 497-mile long (800km) Cauvery River is said to be infested with crocodiles.

It runs across three southern Indian states including Tamil Nadu where Mr Turton was working for US company Tenneco Automotive.

Today, Mr Turton's employer paid tribute to him - Sandro Paparelli, vice president and general manager of Tenneco Ride Control Europe, said, "Ian was a valued member of our advanced manufacturing and engineering team and worked in a variety of Tenneco locations to support the company's international expansion.

"He was a much appreciated colleague and leaves many friends all over the Tenneco world.

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

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

The foreign office said authorities are 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 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."