Pastor devoured by crocodile while baptising faithfuls

Pastor devoured by crocodile while baptising faithfuls

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

The predator struck on Sunday morning as Docho Eshete was conducting the ceremony at Lake Abaya in Ethiopia's Merkeb Tabya district.

Local resident Ketema Kairo told the BBC: "He baptised the first person and he passed on to another one".

His body was later recovered from the water with bite marks on his back, legs and hands, according to local reports.

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

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Eshete was carrying out a baptism when the crocodile appeared.

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

An Israeli conservationist did not think any crocodiles would dare attack his canoe when he took it out on the Ethiopia's Omo River in 2014, The Jerusalem Post reported.

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

Lake Abaya, which covers an area of 1,162 square kilometers is known for its significant crocodile population.

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