A crocodile has killed a Protestant pastor who was baptising followers near a lake in southern Ethiopia. Crocodile kills Ethiopian pastor.
Docho Eshete was conducting the ceremony for about 80 people on Sunday morning at Lake Abaya in Arba Minch town’s Merkeb Tabya district.
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Residents and police told BBC Amharic a crocodile leapt from the water during the baptism and attacked him.
Pastor Docho died after being bitten on his legs, back and hands.
“He baptised the first person and he passed on to another one. All of a sudden, a crocodile jumped out of the lake and grabbed the pastor,” local resident Ketema Kairo told the BBC.
After the crocodile struck, congregants and local fishermen scrambled to save the Protestant clergyman, policeman Eiwnetu Kanko said, using fishing nets to prevent the crocodile from taking Eshete further into the lake.
“They only managed to get his dead body,” added Kanko, an officer from Arba Minch, 300 miles south of the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. “They were unable to save him.
Despite huge efforts, fishermen and residents could not save pastor Docho, policeman Eiwnetu Kanko said. . They used fishing nets to prevent the crocodile from taking the pastor’s body into the lake.
The crocodile escaped.