Ethiopian pastor reportedly killed by crocodile as he attempted to baptize worshippers

Howard TerryJun 07, 2018

A crocodile has killed a Protestant pastor who was baptising followers near a lake in southern Ethiopia.

The service was being held at Lake Abaya in Arba Minch, Ethiopia.

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

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

It clamped its jaws around the pastor, biting his legs, back and hands.

An Ethiopian online publication borkena.com said that members of his church watched helplessly in tears as the crocodile devoured him.

Despite huge efforts, fishermen and residents could not save pastor Docho, policeman Eiwnetu Kanko said.

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

A recent shortage of fish in Ethiopia's Lake Abaya has led to more aggressive behaviour from its resident crocodiles.

The "reddish-brown" water also makes it hard to spot crocodiles in the vicinity, per the Telegraph. They could not capture the crocodile but they managed to use fishing nets to save the deceased's body.

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