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 Walnut Heights and Walnut Creek Intermediate communities would like to extend our deepest sympathy and condolences to the Runte family in the loss of their beloved husband and father last week in a boating accident off of the San Mateo coast. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Runte family and friends.
When we receive the specifics about the service, we will pass this information on to our school communities.
Susan Drews, Principal, Walnut Heights
Kevin Collins, Principal, Walnut Creek Intermediate