Published: Thu, June 07, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Ethiopia: Crocodile Kills Pastor After Baptism Gone Wrong

Ethiopia: Crocodile Kills Pastor After Baptism Gone Wrong

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

Eshete was carrying out a baptism when the crocodile appeared.

The lake, which runs about 37 miles long, reportedly has a large infestation of crocodiles.

The Rev. Docho Eshete was conducting the ceremony for about 80 people on Sunday morning at Lake Abaya in southern Ethiopia, the BBC reported.

The pastor suffered bites to his legs, back and hands and died in the attack.

Ultimately, they only managed to save his body from the crocodile - dragging it from the lake with fishing nets as the crocodile disappeared into the water. "All of a sudden, a crocodile jumped out of the lake and grabbed the pastor", a local resident told the BBC.

Fisherman and residents attempted to save him, but police said they were unsuccessful, according to the BBC.

According to the Telegraph, lake and riverside baptisms are common in many African countries, the risks notwithstanding.

The "reddish-brown" water also makes it hard to spot crocodiles in the vicinity, per the Telegraph.

Locals tried to capture the crocodile but it escaped.

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

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