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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Criminal Justice Quote: Ocean Claims Baptism Helper--Score One for the Devil

     The Jesus Christ Light of Sky Church performs baptisms several times each year along the Pacific coast in Santa Barbara County, California. But no one remembers a ceremony like this. During a baptism Sunday morning, March 30, 2014, one of the participants got swept out to sea. Emergency crews had failed to find him by nightfall….

     The pastor, Mauro Cervantes, told a [television station] that his cousin, Benito Flores, was helping him baptize a man when a rogue wave pulled him out into the ocean. Cervantes said he tried to grab his cousin, but a second wave took him….He was dragged out with two other people just before 10 AM Pacific time at the Rancho Guadalupe Dunes Preserve….The other two returned to shore during the service….

     The preserve, west of the town of Guadalupe, has sand dunes more that 550 feet high, the tallest on the west coast. Officials warn on its website the surf can be "very dangerous."…

Lindsey Bever, "Man Swept Out to Sea During Sunday Morning Baptism," The Washington Post, March 31, 2014 

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