Crocodile kills Ethiopian pastor during baptism


Docho Eshete was involved in a baptism ceremony for 80 people in Lake Abaya in Arba Minch. They could not capture the crocodile but they managed to use fishing nets to save the deceased's body.

According to The Telegraph, members of the congregation looked on in horror as fishermen attempted to rescue the pastor.

Local reports indicate that Eshete died from bites to his legs, back and hands.

Local resident Ketema Kairo told the BBC's Amharic-language service that the Sunday afternoon ceremony had just begun when the incident occurred.

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A pastor has reportedly been killed by a crocodile whilst carrying out a lakeside baptism in Ethiopia.

Lake Abaya, one of Ethiopia's largest lakes, "is known to have a huge crocodile population", according to Ethiopian news site Borkena. These can grow up to 6 meters in length and are believed to be responsible for over 300 attacks on humans in Africa every year.

Speculation is mounting the pastor may have been killed by a Nile Crocodile.

Humans are "less powerful and slower in water than any similar-sized wild mammal and therefore easy prey" for the "opportunist ambush predator", according to a United Nations report.