About 80 followers were watching the service when the gruesome attack unfolded. Eshete was carrying out a baptism when the crocodile appeared. Local resident, Ketema Kairo told the BBC:
'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.' It clamped its jaws around the pastor, biting his legs, back and hands. Despite desperate attempts by local residents and fishermen, Eshete could not be saved. They were able to use fishing nets to stop the creature from dragging its victim into the lake. But they were unable to prevent the crocodile from escaping, it has been reported.