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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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Vocem Meam 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 Vocem Meam 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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retour March 31 2014 at 10:26 PM

One has to wonder if they might decide to use the sprinkle method . Death from fright could well result from the surf along that beach as well as drowning. A little common sense goes a long ways

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nyhuguenot retour March 31 2014 at 11:45 PM

It will never happen in some of the denominations with a semiliterate pastorate. They interpret baptism as immersion. The word has Greek roots and means to be associated with something and accompanied with a symbolic gesture. At the Golden Calf incident Moses sprinkled the people with teh blood of two calves. The word for sprinkled is baptiso. The ritual for the sin offering calls for two doves. One is killed and its blood drained int a pan. The other bird is dipped in the blood before being killed and the dipping is called baptisthesai. In Hebrews it says the Israelies were "baptised unto Moses in the sea." There's no water at all because the Sea Of Reeds has been parted. It means that those who doubted Moses' calling were now sure of his calling by God because of the sign or miracle of the parting. Signs are always displayed as proof of a person's call by God. Even Jesus referenced the signs as proof.

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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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bilaton March 31 2014 at 10:42 AM

This reflects on poor planning and poor judgment by individuals. Nothing else

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f9f9 March 31 2014 at 10:26 PM

Very sad situation. I have to agree that someone showed really bad judgment in doing the baptism at a beach known for strong waves. Find a pond or lake if it is necessary to do a baptism by immersion. Rest in peace.

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Gary March 31 2014 at 12:53 PM

Too many people suspend intelligence and common sense when it comes to religion. That allows people to exploit and fleece them. Happens too often.

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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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LEWIS ROYSTER March 31 2014 at 11:13 PM


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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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jho7856078 March 31 2014 at 11:48 AM


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obloodyblada jho7856078 March 31 2014 at 12:17 PM

Really? Offering up your sympathies to a message board doesn't seem to be a very effective way to sympathize with his family.

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