Crocodile kills African pastor during mass baptism

Crocodile kills African pastor during mass baptism

Kerry Wise
June 7, 2018

Docho Eshete and about 80 people gathered at Lake Abaya in Arba Minch when the attack happened.

A pastor has died after a crocodile mauled him as he baptised believers in a lake in Ethiopia.

His body was later recovered from the water with bite marks on his back, legs and hands, according to local reports.

A crocodile killed a pastor in Ethiopia over the weekend while he was baptizing followers at a lake.

Members of the church are "devastated by what has happened", Ethiopian news site Borkena reported.

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"All of a sudden, a crocodile jumped out of the lake and grabbed the pastor, pushing aside the person he was baptising".

Ultimately, they only managed to save Eshete's corpse from the crocodile - dragging it from the lake with fishing nets as the crocodile disappeared into the water.

A baptism in Ethiopia took a awful turn when a crocodile jumped out of a lake and grabbed a pastor who was conducting a mass baptism.

Some of the predators can grow up to six metres in length and weigh as much as 1000kgs.

The Crocodile Specialist Group estimates that Nile crocodiles are responsible for more than 300 attacks in Africa each year.