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Sailor dies in capsize of America's Cup boat in San Francisco Bay

  • The overturned Artemis Racing AC72 catamaran, an America's Cup entry from Sweden, is towed past Treasure Island after the boat capsized during training in San Francisco Bay on Thursday, May 9, 2013, in San Francisco, Calif. (AP Photo/San Jose Mercury News, Karl Mondon) MAGS OUT; NO SALES, MADATORY CREDIT BAY AREA NEWSPAPERS

SAN FRANCISCO — A 72-foot-long, high-tech catamaran sailboat capsized Thursday in San Francisco Bay while practicing for the America's Cup races this summer, killing an Olympic gold medalist from England and injuring another sailor, authorities said.

Artemis Racing said Andrew "Bart" Simpson died after the capsized boat's platform trapped him underwater for about 10 minutes shortly after 1 p.m. Artemis and two other yacht teams each outfitted with multimillion-dollar racing boats that can achieve speeds of 45 mph are challenging defending champions Oracle Racing for the America's Cup, sailing's most prestigious trophy.

Simpson, 36, served as the Swedish team's strategist.

Artemis said doctors "afloat" with the team and on shore were unable to revive Simpson after he was freed from the wreckage. The other sailor suffered minor injuries, and the rest of the crew of about a dozen was accounted for and taken back to their dock in Alameda.

"The entire Artemis team is devastated by what happened," CEO Paul Cayard said in a statement posted on the team's website. "Our heartfelt condolences are with Andrew's wife and family."


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