Man dies while surf fishing near Ocean Shores; second man found safe

by: Richard Thompson Updated:

Antonio Inocencio
OCEAN SHORES, Wash. —

Antonio Inocencio, 65, had worked at the Family Life Care Center in Federal Way for more than a year. He was on the housecleaning team and always upbeat, Excecutive Director Danni Orne said. "Every morning he's like, ‘Hi boss!’ “Very fun, jovial gentlemen, full of life."

But Inocencio died Sunday while surf fishing near Ocean Shores. His body was discovered by a beachcomber who called 911. His son told KIRO 7 that Inocencio died of cardiac arrest.

After Inocencio's body was found, a search was launched for a friend of his who was believed to be with him. But that man was found at home Monday morning and told authorities he had gotten the dates of the fishing trip wrong so he did not go with Inocencio.

On April 14, another surf fisherman, Se Rok An, 73, was fishing near Ocean City when he got in a rip current and disappeared as his wife looked on in horror.

Inocencio is survived by his wife, Thelma, and son, Anthony. Co-workers at the Family Life Center in Federal Way say they will do what they can to help the family.

"Our love goes out to them,” Orne said. “We're going to do some fundraising, whatever we can do to support the family."