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Teams Retrieve Body of Man Swept out to Sea During Baptism


Monday, April 14, 2014

The body of the man who was swept out to sea near Guadalupe Dunes Park following a baptism late last month was found on the morning of April 11 and identified as Benito Flores, a 46-year-old Santa Maria resident.

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According to the Sheriff's Office, a person hiking around Mussel Rock last Friday morning reported seeing a body in a shallow tidal pool more than two miles from the park. Flores's body was retrieved with help from the Sheriff's Search and Rescue team, the dive team, and a county Air Support helicopter. Flores's death is being investigated by the Coroner's Office.

Flores was carried out into the ocean — along with two others, who made it back to shore — on March 30 and wasn't found despite search efforts by, among others, the Sheriff's Office, the Vandenberg Fire Department, and the U.S. Coast Guard. Reports of a body near Guadalupe Dunes Park on March 31 proved to be a false alarm; responders only discovered an assortment of fishing buoys.

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