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Tribute to India river death Briton

Tributes have been paid to a British man who died during a trip on a crocodile-infested river in India which left a friend of his missing.

Ian Turton, from York, died after disappearing during an excursion on the Cauvery River near Bangalore.

Another man, believed to be Michael Easton, from Holland Park, west London, is still missing. Local authorities are continuing to search the area, the Foreign Office said.

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."

Tributes were paid to Mr Turton by his employer, US company Tenneco Automotive.

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."

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

The 497-mile Cauvery River runs across three southern Indian states, including Tamil Nadu, where Mr Turton is reported to have been working for Tenneco. The river is said to be infested with crocodiles, leading to speculation the men could have been attacked as they travelled down it.

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