05-09-2013, 07:06 PM #1
Olympic medalist Andrew Simpson killed when catamaran capsizes on San Francisco Bay
British Olympic champion killed after sailboat capsizes while practicing for America's Cup in San Francisco Bay
A 72-foot-long sailboat has capsized in San Francisco Bay while practicing for the upcoming America’s Cup, killing a British Olympian.
The Artemis Racing catamaran carrying a Swedish flag capsized just after 1pm near Treasure Island, the former naval station located in the bay, Coast Guard Lt Jeannie Crump said.
The victim was identified as Andrew Simpson, a British Olympic medalist. Simpson was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Simpson, an accomplished sailor, won a gold medal in men's sailing at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and silver during the 2012 London games.
He was looking forward to participating in the America's Cup, tweeting in March: 'Moving the family to San Fran for 6 months is pretty hectic!!! The cup should be fun though!!'
The 11 other people on board were transferred to a support boat operated by Oracle Racing, which is defending its America’s Cup title from last year in San Francisco this summer.
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