Man swept away by waves during Guadalupe baptism
March 31, 2014
Rescue teams are searching for a man who was swept out to sea by a wave during a baptism at a beach in Guadalupe on Sunday.
At about 10 a.m., Pastor Maurigro Cervantes said his cousin Benito Flores, 43, of Santa Maria was assisting him with the baptism of another adult cousin when a large wave swept the three men from their feet. Cervantes and the man being baptized made their way back to shore, but not Flores.
“A big wave came and took Benito, I tried to take him out, he was heavy and then another big wave came,” said Cervantes, pastor of the Santa Maria church Jesus Christ Light of the Sky, to KCOY.
The U.S. Coast Guard and a team from Santa Barbara County are searching for the victim in an area south of the Rancho Guadalupe Dunes Preserve in the direction he would have been taken by the strong ocean currents.