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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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drich949 March 31 2014 at 11:59 AM

I heard it wasn't a Catholic church

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sugarcreekchile drich949 March 31 2014 at 12:17 PM

It wasn't, besides Catholics are sprinklers not dunkers.

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Roberta drich949 March 31 2014 at 12:30 PM

Of course not We have our baptisims in the church with a little water not in the Ocean.

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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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buglebob March 31 2014 at 8:46 PM

Authorities have to stop these idiots from doing this in this location. They can go do their thing in a safer spot nearby.

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BARRY AND KATHY buglebob March 31 2014 at 8:59 PM

I'm concerned as to what happened to the snake.

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KenPersson BARRY AND KATHY March 31 2014 at 9:24 PM

barry, show kathy the snake.

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chaparita0728 buglebob March 31 2014 at 9:35 PM

I agree. However, they would cry discrimination.

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Linda Dorfmont March 31 2014 at 9:15 PM

The Jews use the Jordan for a reason...no waves.

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arnprince Linda Dorfmont March 31 2014 at 9:43 PM

LOL - the only Jews who baptized anyone have been dead for 2000+ years!

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nyhuguenot arnprince March 31 2014 at 11:53 PM

The Jews still require a convert to be dipped in a Mikvah as a sign of the cleansing of the soul. Every city with a large Orthodox Jewish population has a Mikvah. The women use it after their period ends.

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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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Mike March 31 2014 at 1:03 PM

Since the whole premise of baptism is to wash away sins, we can only conclude that this was one powerful baptism.

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EzinWy Mike March 31 2014 at 1:30 PM

Actually, baptism is about being - repentant and reborn / giving one's life to Christ. Living a faithful life, one's sins are forgiven / forgotten.

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jeanette March 31 2014 at 11:31 AM

I can't believe all the silly posts on here. It's a very sad thing to have happened and I will pray for the family. It was suppose to be a special thing that turn so wrong. I can understand why some churches used the river or ocean in the past when they didn't have a place in the church but I don't really understand why they would do the baptism in the ocean today . I gues as some say that maybe it made it more special for them ...... and I think maybe that should be left up to the church. I don't see why suing the church would help anything ...... It certainly won't bring him back. I do feel that maybe the church should revisit baptising in the ocean and pay for the man's fureral .

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pram20 jeanette March 31 2014 at 11:51 AM

A lot of times the pastor gives the "candidate" the choice of where he/she would like to be baptized. It is up to the individual to decide. I don't think that it is the responsibility of the church to have to finance and pay for his burial, although, it would be a nice gesture to help out if they are able.

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eltrip March 31 2014 at 9:43 PM

Someone didn't show good judgement....

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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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liontwin33 March 31 2014 at 10:29 AM

Remind me to never join a church that goes to this extreme. Did God rule the day, or was it just plain stupidity of man?

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