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

Docho Eshete was conducting the ceremony for about 80 people on Sunday morning at Lake Abaya in Arba Minch town’s Merkeb Tabya district.

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.

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.

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3 thoughts on “Crocodile Kills Pastor During Baptism

  1. Oh… the pastor and his followers should have known that reptiles are not religious. May his soul rest in heaven.

  2. Baptism should always be done in organised venues with enclosed secure perimeters even where it involves dipping in water, In Uganda we do it in Swimming Pools after blessing the Water.

  3. Sorry for the pastor but should be a lesson to all ho baptise from the lake and river water to mind of the safety around the baptising place. Swimming pool is better

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