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Local Bartender Among Victims Of Dive Boat Fire

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Posted: Thursday, September 12, 2019 3:49 pm

Nicole Storm Quitasol, a bartender at Coronado’s Nicky Rottens and an Imperial Beach resident was one of the 34 victims of the diving boat fire in the Channel Islands National Park. Quitasol with her two sisters, dad and stepmom had taken the trip to celebrate their father’s birthday.

Quitasol, 31, had been working at Nicky Rottens for the past four years. Quitasol’s mother Susana Solano Rosas identified her daughters on the diving trip as Evan Michel Solano Quitasol, Nicole Storm Quitasol and Angela Rose Quitasol. Another sister did not go on the trip. The dad was Michael Quitasol and the stepmom was Fernisa Sison.

After the news of the fire Quitasol’s Nicky Rottens’ co-workers and patrons gathered Tuesday to talk and share stories about her. “She was an active, outdoorsy and friendly person. We are processing everything; it hasn’t set in yet that she’s gone. We are helping her mom through these hard times,” Nicky Rottens CFO Bryn Butolph said.

He also added that many from the community went to Nicky Rottens to inquire about Quitasol and offer support including members of the Fire Department, Police Department, many business owners and neighbors.

On Thursday, May 5, at 6 p.m., Nicky Rottens hosted a fundraiser for Quitasol and her family. Some of the proceeds from sales of that night and all gratuities went to the Quitasol’s family. A GoFundMe page has also been launched to help raise funds for Quitasol and her family.

Butolph posted an update on social media on the Thursday night fundraiser. “Last night’s fundraiser at Nicky Rottens, together we raised $10,044!!! Currently the amount raised totals $31,353. Nearly the entire night we were at capacity, shoulder to shoulder. The place was packed with Nicole’s loved ones along with plenty of new faces. The community came out in full force to support Nicole and her family. It was an incredible night celebrating the amazing life of our beautiful Nicole. She will be greatly missed, and while our hearts remain broken...we are proud to have raised a substantial amount of money with the help of those near and far alike. We are certain these funds will help her family as they grieve. Cheers to Nicole, one of a kind who will be missed dearly.”

The organization Ventureactive.net whom Quitasol belonged to, is planning on holding a sports event in her honor on Sept. 21 which will also be a fundraiser.

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