Body of Guadalupe drowning victim found
April 12, 2014
The body of a man who was swept to sea during a baptism at a beach in Guadalupe on March 30 was found two and a half miles away on Friday morning, according to the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Department.
Benito Flores, 46, of Santa Maria was assisting Pastor Maurigro Cervantes with the baptism of an 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 hiker found Flores in a tide pool near Mussel Rock about 7:45 a.m. on Friday. A Santa Barbara County air support helicopter retrieved the body.
Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating the manner and cause of Flores’ death.