Cal Poly student dies in swimming accident

November 23, 2013
Matt Yount

Matt Yount

A 20-year-old Cal Poly business administration junior died Thursday during a swimming accident in Spain.

Matthew Yount was returning from an evening of drinking with three friends when he jumped from a bridge into the Guadalquivir River at approximately 3:30 a.m. on Nov. 21.

Another student jumped with Yount but survived the strong currents and 45 degree water. Yount’s body was found several hours later.

Yount, a member of Cal Poly’s golf team, was a 2011 graduate of Foothill High School in Pleasanton.


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“Swimming accident”? Sounds more like a horrible decision made while inebriated. Another Cal Poly statistic. Tragic.

He talked about jumping that bridge while sober. Don’t speak on such a sensitive subject when you don’t even know the actual details

Sadly we do not know all the details. Sadly family & friends have lost a loved one with so much promise. However…it indeed does sound like a poor decision at best to decide to jump off a bridge at 3:30 in the morning after an evening of underage drinking and expect a positive outcome. My condolences & prayers to all family & friends for a loved one lost.

The drinking age in Spain is 18. Cheap moralizing is universal.

If he is a student, what is he doing in Spain? I’m confused, don’t students attend class anymore?

He was studying abroad in Spain

Thank you for the updated info. Obviously, you were a friend and my condolences to you and his family. Sad when a promising young life is lost forever.