Student found dead in San Mateo due to boating accident

An SF State student was found dead off of Coyote Point in San Mateo following a boating accident involving two other victims Feb. 17, University officials confirmed.

Luis Rubalcaba, a student in SF State’s criminal justice department, was the second body recovered in the search effort, according to Interim Dean of Students Mary Ann Begley.

“The SF State community was saddened to hear of the sudden loss of Luis Rubalcaba, a student at SF State, following a boating accident,” Begley said in an email to Xpress. “On behalf of the entire University community, we offer our deepest sympathies to Luis’s family and friends, here and at home.”

After receiving reports of a missing boating party that was last seen leaving Oyster Point Marina Monday afternoon, the United States Coast Guard and San Francisco Fire Department coordinated search efforts for the 12-foot vessel and its three occupants.

According to a press release from the Coast Guard, search and rescue teams heard cries for help at around 1 a.m. Tuesday morning from a woman in the open water a mile off of Coyote Point.

After being pulled from the water, the woman was transported to Daly City Hospital for evaluation, according to the press release.

USCG spokesperson Barry Bena could not confirm the names of the two male victims found dead, but said that the older male was discovered less than an hour later, unconscious and unresponsive.

It wasn’t until 9 a.m. the following morning that they recovered the body of the younger male victim, Bena said.

Rubalcaba was an active member of the Criminal Justice Student Association and, due to graduate this May, planned to work with youth in need of guidance, according Begley.

Faculty who worked with Rubalcaba described him as a  “perfect gentleman and an excellent student with an upbeat and cheerful personality,” Begley said.