Arroyo Grande man drowns off Avila Beach

June 24, 2017

Nick Marold

Rescue personnel were unable to find the body of a 35-year-old man Arroyo Grande man who  drowned while fishing three miles off the coast of Port San Luis on Friday afternoon.

Shortly before noon, Nicholas Deloss Marold was fishing with a friend when he went into the ocean and then did not resurface. Marold’s friend then called for assistance.

Multiple agencies participated in the search for Marold including the San Luis Obispo Sheriff’s Department, the Port San Luis Harbor Patrol, the U.S. Coast Guard and the California Highway Patrol. The search continues for Marold’s body.

Marold worked as a corrective exercise specialist and regularly fished on Friday afternoons with a friend, according to a Facebook post by Marold’s family.

“It is with great sadness and inexplicable grief that I announce that our son, grandson, brother, brother-in-law, nephew, uncle, cousin, and friend, Nicholas Marold, was out fishing in the ocean yesterday with his friend Ryan, a regular Friday event,” the Facebook post says. “Nick went for a swim and never resurfaced. We are still in shock that such a health conscious, and probably the most athletic person we all know could be gone so fast.”

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Thought of you today Nick. I was playing some 70’s rock on a rainy day in pismo beach. Thought of what a rad human you were. Hope if there is an after life, you know your spirit was felt here.

Stay cool up there ✌️

Sounds like there is so much more to this story. Very sad!

What a very tragic event, prayers of peace for his family and may God rest his soul.

Typically people float in salt water / open ocean, did their fishing bate called the attention of a predator before he jumped into the water?

Very sad and tragic.

Bet There’s more to this story.

I certainly believe that this man, Nick Marold, has now earned his Angel’s Wings, and my deepest sympathy to the family.

We can all live Nick’s example.

This is absolutely tragic. His family and friends must be in complete shock.

Condolence to al of them.