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Coroner report - Graniterock CEO died from accidental drowning
Jul, 12 2012
(WATSONVILLE, Calif.) -- The CEO Watsonville-based construction company Graniterock Co. died from an accidental drowning while boating on Lake Tahoe, a sheriff's coroner concluded this week.
Bruce W. Woolpert died on June 24 at the age of 61.
Moments before his death, Woolpert's son hopped out of their high powered speed boat to return to shore while Woolpert drove the boat to a buoy, Placer County Sheriff's deputies said.
There were 45-mph winds and 4-foot waves pounding Lake Tahoe when Woolpert attempted to step from his boat to a 9-foot dinghy.
Woolpert fell, hit his head on either the powerboat or dinghy, tumbled into the lake and drowned, deputies said.
A woman spotted his body floating face-down in two feet of water and called 911. North Lake Tahoe firefighters said they declared the businessman dead at the scene.
Woolpert was known for his hard worth ethic--often working seven days week--at the company his family founded in 1900. Graniterock split off from Granite Construction in the 1930s. The company's new CEO is Mark Kaminski.
The Watsonville native was also active in supporting local public schools in the Pajaro Valley Unified School District. He is survived by his wife Rose Ann, son Arthur and daughter Marianne.
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