Man swept out to sea during beach baptism

March 30, 2014 12:00:00 AM PDT
A man is missing after being swept out to sea during a baptism on a Santa Barbara County beach on Sunday.

The 43-year-old man -- identified by family as Benito Flores -- was attending a baptism at the Rancho Guadalupe Dunes Preserve. County fire officials say that's when a wave knocked him and two other people out into the water. The other two were able to make it back to shore, but Flores has not yet been found.

Several water rescue crews -- including a Coast Guard vessel sent from Morro Bay -- are still searching for the man.


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