A pastor identified as Docho Eshete was killed by a crocodile during a baptism ceremony in an Ethiopian lake.
The pastor and about 80 members of his congregation gathered Sunday morning at the southern end of Lake Abaya — close to a national park where enormous crocodiles have been reported to cover the shore.
The Telegraph reported that Lake Abaya has lately had a shortage of fish, and the crocodiles have become aggressive toward humans, who have little chance to spot them in the lake’s murky red waters.
“He baptized the first person and he passed on to another one,” a resident of nearby Arba Minch told the BBC. “All of a sudden, a crocodile jumped out of the lake and grabbed the pastor.”
A police officer, Eiwnetu Kano, told the BBC that fishermen and residents of the town tried to rescue the pastor.
Ultimately, they managed to save only Eshete’s corpse from the crocodile — dragging it from the lake with fishing nets as the crocodile disappeared into the water.