I'm a bit short on details. Here is what I know.
A 72 year old male was fishing in the ocean from the beach, across from Freshwater Lagoon just south or the town of Orick this afternoon.
The man was on his way back to the parking area next to U.S. Highway 101 with a bucket of smelt. He stopped and sat down about half way to the road. He then complained to someone that he didn't feel good and collapsed at around 3:30 pm on the beach. Rescue workers tried to revive him for about 45 minutes, but he died there on the sand.
When I arrived, officials were waiting for the coroner.
Update: His name is Tom Campbell. He lived on Old Arcata Road and is survived by his wife and children. Coroner said he had a history of heart conditions. Heart attack is suspected.