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Man Swept Away In Ocean Baptism Still Missing

Man Swept Away In Ocean Baptism Still Missing
Forty-three year old Benito Flores is missing after he was swept to sea during an ocean baptism in California Sunday morning.

KABC reports two other people were also pulled in after a large wave came through during the baptism. Those two were able to get out safely, but Benito Flores was swept away.

The Santa Maria Times reports that emergency crews started searching for the man shortly after he was swept to sea. Helicopters were up in the air Sunday searching for the 43-year-old, and the Coast Guard sent out a vessel to help out in the search.

The Los Angeles Times says the beach is on a sand dune preserve north of Santa Barbara. Officials at the preserve warn people that the waves can get dangerous. Still, the church that held the baptism Sunday reportedly does it two or three times every year.

Officials are now fearing the worst as KNBC notes they have assumed the man is dead after their search for him turned out unsuccessful Sunday. The search for the missing man will resume Monday morning.

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bjredmond64 March 31 2014 at 11:27 AM

why get baptised in the ocean? sounds like is dangerous. lots of other places, try a swimming pool or a lake.

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alboka bjredmond64 March 31 2014 at 11:45 AM

Or not at all...what the hell is the point of this silly ritual?

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aquilateq March 31 2014 at 11:12 PM

If you watched the video you saw how dynamic those waves are. They are like that most of the time. On this part of the California coast it's windy and cold this time of year. You couldn't live longer than a minute in that water because you'd be in the throes of hypothermia. You get stuck in that surf without a wetsuit and it's all over but the crying.

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gingerb1997 March 31 2014 at 12:23 PM

Many of the comments here are quite harsh. My prayers go out to this man’s family. I understand not all believe in God. I, however, am a Christian and do believe in God. I do NOT believe that what happened to this poor man was God’s fault. The Bible states that time and unforeseen occurrence befall us all (Ecc 9:11) and that it rains upon the righteous and well as the wicked (Matt 5:45). This was simply a case of poor judgement, especially if they were warned the waves could be dangerous. Perhaps they should have used a lake or less dangerous body of water. The Bible does support the idea of full immersion in water at baptism. John the Baptist baptized the people in a body of water, including Jesus (Mark 1: 9, 10). Phillip baptized the Ethiopian in a body of water as well (Acts 8:38).

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aaronlwhite82 gingerb1997 March 31 2014 at 1:28 PM

If the god of the bible exists, it's all his fault, 100%. He created this universe and everything/everyone in it. He jumpstarted the human race, and knew darn well what would happen this day to this man. Saying it's not god's fault is just trying to make him look nice. It was his plan, and he is a dick.

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eltrip March 31 2014 at 9:43 PM

Someone didn't show good judgement....

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Charlie April 01 2014 at 1:15 AM

What kind of stupid religion baptizes people in rough sea water?

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stevebakerguitar March 31 2014 at 10:45 AM

The tides along the SB coast are ruff you should be a good swimmer to attempt them, This Church should not put people at risk. God rest his sole.

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thedailyword365 stevebakerguitar March 31 2014 at 10:56 AM

A 'ruff' is a part of a dog's neck...you probably meant rough.
A man's 'sole' is on the bottom of his shoe...perhaps you meant soul.

But you're correct, they were foolish to do this.

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fabiolenoir stevebakerguitar March 31 2014 at 11:00 AM

maybe the church should hire a life guard on site in case something goes wrong..

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zaticon1 March 31 2014 at 12:46 PM

'Sort of reminds me of the old joke that ends with, "He had a HAT!"

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Cristina March 31 2014 at 12:50 PM

All kinds of people go the beach for all kinds of reasons. Surfing, swimming, snorkeling, and just to go in because it's fun. I see that both Christians and Atheists are either making jokes or stating that their method of baptism is the correct way. You don't know this man, so how about seeing this for what it was: An accident that happens to many all over the world- except this story got on the news.

Aol commentators never ceases to disappoint me, however, applaud the few with decency and sense.

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Joe Cristina March 31 2014 at 1:07 PM

Amen, had it been people just at the beach and it happened we wouldn't hear a word about it here in Mississippi. Prayers from me for the families that were touched by this tragedy . And the atheists that laughed at the Christians will get to explain to God their sick since of what's funny. Sad

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Zoe March 31 2014 at 5:50 PM

WHY do so EXTREME measures to be have to be taken for a Baptism? Jesus didn't do this.

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hey March 31 2014 at 5:52 PM

I hope he was already baptized , just kidding I hope he is alright and will come ashore down river

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