Crocodile kills Ethiopian pastor during baptism ceremony

Crocodile

Crocodile

Lake Abaya turned red when a man-eating crocodile reportedly leapt from the murky waters and attacked Pastor Docho Eshete as he prepared to baptize 80 worshippers in Arba.

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

"He baptised the first person and he passed on to another one", a local resident at the service, Ketema Kairo, told the BBC's Amharic language service.

It is believed the reptile that killed Pastor Docho was a Nile Crocodile which can grow up to six metres (20ft) long.

Eshete died after being bitten on his back, hands, and legs.

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Fishermen attempted to rescue Docho, but they only managed to prevent the crocodile from taking his body with fishing nets.

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

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

The Telegraph reported that lake and riverside baptisms are common in many African countries, notwithstanding the risk.

Crocodiles tend to clamp their jaws down firmly when they bite, making it almost impossible for victims to escape, the Telegraph said.

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