November 28, 2009

Walnut Creek man identified as victim of Half Moon Bay boating accident

The San Mateo County Coroner's Office identified Matthew Runte, 49, as the man whose boat capsized Friday evening in rough waters off Half Moon Bay.

Bay City News Service reports that Runte was one of two men on a 34-foot sailboat that overturned at about 4:25 p.m. The Coast Guard immediately responded to the accident and rescued Runte's shipmate. A Coast Guard helicopter spotted Runte in the water about 5:37 p.m. He was pulled from the water by a harbor patrol, administered CPR, and taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The National Weather Service had issued a high surf advisory on Thursday that was to remain in effect through this afternoon.


Anonymous said...

My thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Runte's family.

Anonymous said...

What a tragedy. Walnut Creek Community- please wrap your hearts around Matt's children, Alex and Sophie and his wife Julia. Rest in Peace Dear Friend.

Soccer Mom said...

Yes, my thoughts are with Mr. Runte's family. I made the assumption that he might have had a wife, and kids. I'm sure he just went out to enjoy a post-Thanksgiving afternoon on the ocean. Very sad.