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British Olympic Medalist Killed as America's Cup Racing Boat Capsizes in San Francisco Bay

Tragedy struck Thursday as British double Olympic medalist Andrew Simpson was killed after an America’s Cup racing boat capsized in San Francisco Bay.

Simpson was part of Artemis Racing, a Swedish team participating in the America’s Cup, which is taking place in San Francisco this July thru August.

According to a report from Artemis Racing, Simpson was “trapped underneath the boat and despite attempts to revive him, by doctors afloat and subsequently ashore, his life was lost.”

Simpson won gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics for sailing in the Star class, and took silver for the same event at the 2012 London Olympics.

“The entire team is devastated by what happened,” said Artemis CEO Paul Cayard. “Our heartfelt condolences are with Andrew’s wife and family.”

Another sailor was injured in the incident, and both he and Simpson were brought to the St. Francis Yacht Club. Paramedics performed CPR on Simpson, but officials say he was pronounced dead “a short time later.”

The rest of the crew aboard the ship — 13 in total — were all accounted for, including the other injured sailor who suffered only minor injuries.

The incident took place at around 1 p.m. PDT on Thursday, and Coast Guard officials are unsure as to why the boat capsized.




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