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Rescuers End Search for Man Swept Into Sea During Baptism

Rescuers ended the search for 43-year-old Benito Flores early Monday

California rescuers stopped searching Monday for a man who was swept off to sea during a weekend baptism.

Benito Flores was helping his cousin perform a baptism Sunday when he was dragged into the Pacific Ocean, the Associated Press reports. Two others were reportedly pulled into the ocean by strong waves, but they managed to return to shore.

A local fire captain said Monday it’s unlikely the 43-year-old Flores could have survived longer than 30 minutes in the cold water. The U.S. Coast Guard does not plan to resume the search.


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