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Rune Torkildsen
Story and photos by Patty Harmon
Many members of the international boating community as well as Rio Dulce boaters mourn the loss of Norwegian boater Rune Torkildsen, 53, of s/v Vicky who has reportedly drowned in Utila. 

Patty and Gary of s/v Lorelei, friends of Rune, received the news from his daughter, Line, who recently visited her father for two weeks in the Rio Dulce and helped make the passage to Utila. She was accompanied by her friend, Solvi. 

With daughter, Line

Two hours after the girls returned to Norway from Utila, Line received a phone call informing her of her father’s death,

Patty said. “Rune's body was found about 20 meters away from his boat (don't know if it was the big boat or his dinghy - details are sketchy), having hit his head on the reef and (apparently) drowned. His body is in San Pedro Sula right now, and the boat is at a (I think) private dock,” she wrote. 

On the Rio Oscuro

She said Rune was their next-door neighbor at RAM Marina and became a very close friend over the last few months. 


“He's the one who got us off our duffs and exploring places like Lago Izabal, Denny's Beach and the Golfete,” she noted. “Anyone who knew Rune, knew that lived hard and had lots of fun. Called it ‘All Hands on Deck.’” 

Rune chasing his boat at Tres Puntas

She noted that his friends affectionately called him, “the Mad Norwegian, Hammerhead, Rune the Barbarian and other pet names). 

Patty and Gary will be sailing to Utila as soon as the weather allows. “We've been in touch with the girls and have offered our services to the family, we'll do whatever we can to help out,” she wrote. 

More information about this tragedy will be published as it becomes available.

Patty put flowers in his hair

Rune and Gary at Hotel Kangaroo

Sundowners aboard Lorelei

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