Crocodile kills pastor performing baptism in lake

Jun 07, 2018, 02:01
Crocodile kills pastor performing baptism in lake

Docho Eshete was conducting the ceremony for about 80 people on Sunday morning at Lake Abaya in Arba Minch town's Merkeb Tabya district.

While hardly an everyday occurrence, crocodile attacks are a known risk in Ethiopia - as in any region where they thrive.

"He baptized the first person and he passed on to another one", a local resident told the BBC.

Abaya Lake is located in southern Ethiopia and is reported to have a large crocodile population.

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Despite the best efforts of parishioners and bystanders, the pastor was bitten on his legs, back and arms and could not be saved.

Members of the congregation, residents and fishermen attempted to rescue the pastor.

Eshete was carrying out a baptism when the crocodile appeared.

The incident came a month after a crocodile in Zimbabwe ripped off the arm of local resident Zanele Ndlovu, 25, five days before she was due to marriy her British fiancé, Jamie Fox, 27.

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However, they used fishing nets to prevent the crocodile from taking the pastor's body into the lake, the police added.

The reptiles can grow to be up to six metres long and weigh as much as one tonne.

The Nile Crocodile is said to be responsible for more than 300 attacks in the African continent each year.

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