African Pastor killed by deadly 20ft crocodile while baptising church worshippers

A crocodile'jumped out of a lake and killed a pastor while he was baptising followers near the water in Ethiopia it has emerged

Docho Eshete and about 80 members of his congregation had gathered at the southern end of Lake Abaya on Sunday morning, close to a national park where enormous crocodiles have been seen covering the shore.

Lake Abaya is well known for having a large crocodile population.

The beast reportedly clamped down on the 45-year-old's legs, back and hands, killing him as followers worked to prevent the crocodile from dragging Eshete further into the depths.

A Protestant pastor has been killed by a crocodile during a baptism ceremony in an Ethiopian lake, the BBC has reported.

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




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

Baptisms in open waters are common in Africa and frequently occur by rivers or lakes, according to The Telegraph.

The lake's reddish-brown waters make it hard to spot the animals until they surface, the Telegraph said.

Crocodile attacks are common in Africa, the paper reported, with numerous victims being women washing clothes. The crocodile then escaped the nets and remains in the lake.

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