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Two Peruvian Christians got swept away by a river during baptism

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Peru : According to local reports Rosa Jiménez Bartolo was getting baptized by her brother, a pastor, in Peru’s Rímac river on Dec. 28. With her sister-in-law watching, he lowered her into the fast-flowing river. I baptize you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,” her brother said in Spanish as he lowered her into the river. In a video recording of the baptism, Bartolo is seen lowering herself slowly into the hip-high water. As she started to rise, she lost her balance, and the river swept her forward, knocking over her brother. The brown waters carried the pair swiftly downriver, while another church member unsuccessfully tried to help. The person filming the baptism dropped the camera, and said “Oh my God!” The change from ceremony to calamity took only seconds to happen. Police responded when a church member asked them for help. Immediately, mounted a search and found them 100 meters from the place, submerged in the water, rescued them and took them to a medical post. Police saved Bartolo and her brother, who both survived. A similar incident happened in Tanzania, where two worshippers drowned during a baptism in a river with strong currents.

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