1 person missing after being swept out to sea

Baptism ceremony was being held at Guadalupe Dunes
2014-03-30T18:00:00Z 2014-12-30T14:25:53Z 1 person missing after being swept out to seaStaff report Santa Maria Times
March 30, 2014 6:00 pm  • 

A 43-year-old man who was reportedly swept out to sea at the Rancho Guadalupe Dunes Preserve during a baptism ceremony this morning, had not been located as of 6 p.m., according to the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.

The man was swept out with two other people just before 10 a.m., according to Mauro Cervantes, the pastor of the Santa Maria church Jesus Christ Light of the Sky.

The other two people were able to return to shore, he said. Emergency crews responded to the beach and began searching as a group of participants in the baptism ceremony, most of whom were speaking Spanish, waited in the parking lot.

Cervantes said there were about 25 people at the ceremony a couple of hundred yards north of the parking lot. The church performs such baptism ceremonies two or three times a year, he said. Cervantes did not identify the missing man.

In addition to Santa Barbara County fire crews and the agency’s water rescue team, others helping search for the missing man were from Guadalupe, Vandenberg and Santa Maria fire departments and the Santa Barbara County Search and Rescue team. Also involved were helicopters from the county Air Support Unit plus the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard also sent a vessel from Morro Bay, according to Capt. David Sadecki of the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.

Diondray Wiley, a battalion chief with the county fire department, said the search was being conducted to the south of the spot that the man disappeared because of the ocean currents.

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  1. Wizard
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    Wizard - April 06, 2014 3:16 pm
    No, because i wouldn't get into the ocean with violent waves crashing on the shore and severe riptide currents. these conditions were a known fact at the time. in fact, taking these conditions seriously is also taking God seriously because he created the ocean.
  2. Greenman
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    Greenman - April 02, 2014 2:29 am
    Ironic, and tragic. Those who would ridicule or criticize a group of people for taking God seriously may want to look more closely at themselves. If the tables were turned, those people on the beach would be praying for you and offering help.
  3. Jesus Isfake
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    Jesus Isfake - March 31, 2014 4:52 pm
    Thank you for posting this article. I now understand what is meant by IRONY!
  4. titojonesisme
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    titojonesisme - March 31, 2014 12:30 pm
    People do dumb stuff all the time in this country, Mexican or not. I bet you get riled up when you have to press "1" for English too. "This is AMERICA".
  5. Wizard
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    Wizard - March 31, 2014 10:59 am
    would somebody tell these people, this is not Mexico! I hope that pastor gets charged with involuntary manslaughter. As you can tell by the background, the ocean was rough that day and nobody should have gone into it for any reason.
  6. youngaml
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    youngaml - March 31, 2014 7:51 am
    Absent from the body present with the Lord

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