Released: June 22, 2023 - Thursday, 12:36 PM

Death Investigation Update

Contact: Tony CipollaPhone: (805) 781-4547Date and time of incident: 6-21-23, Approximately 6:00 PMPlace of Occurrence: Pirate's CoveVictim Information: Francisco Javier Velasco Garcia, 33, NipomoSuspect Information: N/AThe Coroner's Unit of the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office is releasing the identification of a man who had fallen off a cliff at Pirate's Cove near Avila Beach on 6-21-23. The man has been identified as 33-year-old Francisco Javier Velasco Garcia of Nipomo.
According to witnesses the man had been sitting on the cliff overlooking the water. When he got up to leave, he lost his footing, slipped backward and fell approximately 200 feet to the cliffs below.
At this time, the death appears to be accidental.
An autopsy will be conducted to determine manner and cause of death.