Pastor mauled by giant crocodile during baptismal ceremony

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A pastor has died after a crocodile mauled him as he baptised believers in a lake in Ethiopia.

A giant crocodile killed an African pastor as he was conducting a mass baptism.

Lake Abaya turned red when a man-eating crocodile reportedly leapt from the murky waters and attacked Pastor Docho Eshete as he prepared to baptize 80 worshippers in Arba.

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

Members of the congregation, as well as fishermen on the lake, attempted to rescue the clergyman - an nearly impossible task.

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Ultimately, they only managed to save Eshete's corpse from the crocodile - dragging it from the lake with fishing nets as the crocodile disappeared into the water.

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

Locals who tried to wrestle him from the crocodile were not able to do so, but succeeded in recovering his body.

It is likely that the crocodile that killed Docho was a Nile crocodile, the Independent reported.

Some of the predators can grow up to six metres in length and weigh as much as 1000kgs.

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