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.